Teodor Celakoski receives ECF Princess Margriet Award

place: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
organiser: ECF
The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) announced the Sixth ECF Princess Margriet Award laureates and among them is cultural activist Teodor Celakoski (Croatia). The second winner is Teatro Valle Occupato from Italy. In awarding these laureates, ECF signals two precedent-setting examples of collaboration between culture and society and the struggle for the ‘commons’.

The Award will be presented to both laureates on 18 March 2014 in Brussels. Cultural activist Teodor Celakoski will receive the ECF Princess Margriet Award for his ground-breaking work in creating more participatory forms of democracy between cultural actors, institutions and diverse publics. In a very concrete practice of ‘commoning’ Teodor has played an active role in the development of civil society in Croatia. As one of the key initiators of many bottom-up mobilisations such as Multimedia Institute, Clubture, Pravo na grad (Right to the City), Teodor and his peers continue to creatively use resources to strengthen the civic voice in cultural and political decision-making processes.

The ECF Princess Margriet Award comprises of a sum of €25.000 per laureate. Previous laureates have included cultural theorist Stuart Hall, choreographers Jérôme Bel & Pichet Klunchun, dramaturg and activist Borka Pavićević , theatre-maker Stefan Kaegi, artists Kutluğ Ataman and Šejla Kamerić, filmmaker John Akomfrah, curator Charles Esche, conductor Yoel Gamzou and visual artist-duo Lia and Dan Perjovschi.

The ECF Princess Margriet Award was initiated in 2008 by the European Cultural Foundation named after the foundation’s former President Princess Margriet who has shown enormous dedication to culture as a means of understanding and valuing Europe’s diversity. It was established in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

(Source: ECF)

(D.H., 23.09.2013)