The annual award honours inspiring examples of people and organizations who, with courage and creative power, imagine new paths for Europe.

Contact: Wietske Maas, Award Curator

Tenth anniversary in 2018

On 16 May 2018, the European Cultural Foundation celebrated a decade of change through culture. The laureates of the 2018 award are cultural centre Borderland (PL) and multidisciplinary research agency Forensic Architecture (UK). The award was presented at the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and includes a sum of € 25.000 per laureate. 

Prior to the festive award ceremony the first European Cultural Challenge took place: A two-day advocacy retreat that brought together laureates, grantees, partners, researchers, foundations, media-makers and policy-makers to work on tangible cases that fuel positive change through culture. The European Cultural Challenge connects change-makers and contributes to rethinking and building Europe as an open, inclusive and democratic space.
Outcomes of the event may vary from exploring cultural solutions to imagining campaigns and developing concrete advocacy proposals. 

History of the Award

The award was initiated in 2008 in honour of the foundation’s former President, HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, who has shown enormous dedication to the important role of culture in invigorating democracy in Europe. The Award was established in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

For the last ten years, the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture has honoured laureates as diverse as the cultural fields in which they work. They come from the performing and visual arts, literature, music, film, cultural activism, critical thinking, architecture, digital and media culture. Brilliant, innovative, daring, compassionate – these individuals and collectives have shone out in their resolve to find a better way, even in the face of global upheaval, and to shape a future that is more fair and respectful of both people and the planet that we share.

Award Archive

We host a growing archive specifically dedicated to the ECF Princess Margriet Awards for Culture in our Library, including yearly publications, interviews with past laureates, speeches, videos, audio recordings, press releases and media coverage.  

All awards

Borderland | Forensic Architecture

Aslı Erdoğan | Navid Kermani | Luc Mishalle | Marina Naprushkina

Krétakör | Medialab-Prado

Athens Biennale | Visual Culture Research Center

Teodor Celakoski | Teatro Valle Occupato  

Yoel Gamzou | Lia & Dan Perjovschi

Charles Esche | John Akomfrah

Kutluğ Ataman | Šejla Kamerić

Borka Pavićević | Stefan Kaegi

Stuart Hall | Jerôme Bel & Pichet Klunchun