Culture in action: prince claus awards week

various locations, Amsterdam, Netherlands
09 Dec 2013 - 13 Dec 2013

From 9 to 13 December 2013, the Prince Claus Fund  presents ‘Culture in Action: Prince Claus Awards Week’  a  festival of events  highlighting the work of the 2013 Prince Claus Laureates.  The programme includes an artist talk, a film screening, lectures and panel discussions throughout Amsterdam. The events are organised in collaboration with the Dutch cultural centre De Balie, Stedelijk Museum and the University of Amsterdam.


Monday 9 December,  University of Amsterdam

19:00 Culture in Action with Lu Guang: Chinese photojournalist and 2013 Laureate Lu Guang shares his experience documenting China’s changing landscape, followed by a discussion with Ardi Bouwers. Robert Pledge will introduce Lu’s work.

Admission: The event is free and open to the public.  Click here  to register.


Wednesday 11 December 2013: Prince Claus Awards Ceremony

On 11 December, Ahmed Fouad Negm and his work will be honoured in the Awards Ceremony at the Royal Palace. The ten other recipients of the Prince Claus Award will attend the ceremony in Amsterdam for the first time in the history of the Awards. However, their awards will be officially presented to them in their home countries at a later date. For more information on all eleven Prince Claus Laureates please visit the Prince Claus Awards programme webpage.

Participation in the Awards Ceremony is by invitation only.



Thursday 12 December, De Balie Amsterdam  

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14.00-15:30 Culture in Action with Carla Fernández  Groundbreaking Mexican fashion designer Carla Fernández participates in a Q&A with presenter of the programme, Victoria Koblenko. Artist Joke Robaard also gives a lecture on the different meanings of the term ‘social fabric’ to contextualise Fernández’s work. Register

16:00-17:30 Culture in Action with Christopher Cozier and Naiza Khan  Visual artists and cultural innovators Naiza Khan (Pakistan) and Christopher Cozier (Trinidad & Tobago) engage in a discussion about the state of contemporary visual art with Aukje Dekker. Naema Tahir and Selene Wendt lead the discussion, which is moderated by Davide Quadrio.  Register

20:00-22:00 Culture in Action honouring Ahmed Fouad Negm.  A programme honouring the work of 2013 Principal Prince Claus Laureate Ahmed Fouad Negm with contributions from Marlene Dumas, Sabri Saad El Hamus and Karima El Fillali. South African photo-activist and 2013 Laureate Zanele Muholi, Pakistani visual artist and 2013 Laureate Naiza Khan will engage in a debate on cultural activism. Moderated by Malu Halasa.  Register

20:30-22:00 Culture in Action with Alejandro Zambra  Acclaimed Chilean writer and 2013 Laureate Alejandro Zambra is interviewed by Wim Brands, following a word of welcome by Maartje Wortel. Register

20:30-22:00  Culture in Action with Idrissou Mora-Kpaï  Beninese filmmaker  Idrissou Mora-Kpaï  screens  Indochina, Traces of a Mother,  which explores the complicated legacy of colonialism and identity. The film is followed by a discussion with Bregtje van der Haak.  Register


Friday 13 December, Stedelijk Museum

16:00 Culture in Action with Oscar Muñoz: Colombian visual artist and 2013 Laureate Oscar  Muñoz gives an Artist Talk about his visual explorations of the relations between body and memory. Moderated by José Roca.

Entrance & Reservations: This event costs the regular Stedelijk Museum  admission price with an additional cost of €2.50. It is necessary to make a reservation for this event. Please send your full name, email address, telephone number and the date of the programme to


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