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Old 12-08-2005, 09:47 AM
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Thanks, both of you. A pity that there wasn t more media attention for this event this year. I guess most royalty reporters travelled to Buenos Aires where Amalia stole the show.
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Old 12-09-2005, 03:11 AM
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The speech of Prince Constantijn from www.koninklijkhuis.nl:

Speech by Prince Constantijn, 7 december 2005

on the occasion of the presentation of the Prince Claus Prize 2005 in Amsterdam.

Humour and Satire. A great theme and an equally great challenge for a speaker. In preparation I read a selection of literature on the topic, including Freud’s ‘Der Witz’. Instead of providing some inspiration, it put me to sleep;
It is clear that talking about humour is problematic and mostly boring. But you have not come here to be bored. In fact, under its name bearer, the Prince Claus Fund has built up quite a reputation for allowing the unexpected to happen. Every year, guests, and media would gather in anticipation of the next surprise.
This year’s theme would have put a twinkle into Prince Claus’s eye. He enjoyed challenging conformism, and saw the uplifting force of dialogue and laughter. In humour, he looked for quality and subtle wit. His unique sense of humour did not always resonate with the directness and bluntness of Dutch culture.
Looking back we will remember humour as one of his finest qualities.
Today we honour the universal quality and importance of humour and satire. Quality is central to anything that the Fund does. So we do not honour the banal, the derogatory or the cynical. Nor the sense of exclusion that humour can create. One should not forget that humour is often used to offend, and to degrade. It can be applied to exclude the outsider, and to insult the weak.
No – today we celebrate the freedom of speech; and other forms of expression that can even go beyond words. We acknowledge the potential of humour and satire to enrich social discourse, development and the quality of life. Today we honour our laureates who have displayed the forementioned quality in their work, in their personality and in their engagement with the societies that they work and live in.
Someone told me that the ultimate test of the quality of satire is wether the object of the joke is able to laugh about it. Satire may be harsh, but ultimately it must also be fair in the given context and not intentionally malicious. Obviously this test assumes that the object of satire actually possesses a sense of humour, even under fire, and we all know that is not easy to be mocked.
This need for a sense of humour holds the key to answering the question; why humour and satire are so powerful. It is not so much the comment or the joke itself that holds the power. The impact lays in the reaction of the people and institutions who are the object of the joke; and their ability – or inability - to self-reflect.
Humour is so powerful because power – almost by nature - has no sense of humour. Why does the a state, a corporation, an organisations or even an individual feel threatened by the words of a stand-up comedian or a mere cartoon? Because a joke is uncontrollable and potentially embarrassing; it has the capacity to expose the mechanisms of power and the hypocrisy with which it is exercised.
As power itself is humourless, it lends humour its power. Power is obsessed with control and seeks to arm itself. Humour disarms. No general or politician will ever state: “Relax, nothing is under control”. The fear of losing face turns power into a caricature of itself, which is mirrored in the truth of a joke or a cartoon.
An anecdote from a concentration camp in the Second World War is a compelling example of how humour can disarm power and endow the hopeless with dignity, and it reassurance us that, with humour: even the powerless can assert their moral superiority over their oppressors.
A camp guard had one glass eye and two prisoners discussed how to tell which was real and which fake. Finally, one of them hit on the answer: “It's obvious; one eye still shows a gleam of humanity . . . that must be the glass one.”
It is a gift to find such humour in even the darkest of times. As the chairman of the prize committee mentioned before: humour thrives in hardship and despair.
So, we may mock others and ridicule situations or behaviour, but we should not forget to make fun of ourselves, as this – in my view – is the true sense of humour.
Recently, in this country, we have been taking ourselves awfully seriously. We have come up short on laughter. Racial and religious divides, economic recession and demographic trends have turned our proud nation of righteous people into soul-searchers. The so called “Dutch uncle” - as the English call someone who preaches morality - is becoming a bit of a bore; sulking in his corner of Europe; navel gazing, instead of looking the world in the eye and leading the way. It takes strength to laugh about oneself; to make the joke that breaks a taboo. It is probably the strongest sign of self-confidence.
We have a long tradition of political satire in the Netherlands. Recently a new breed of satirists has emerged to whom we owe our gratitude. Branded as ‘allochtoon’ - or those foreign in origin – a number of comedians and singers are holding up a mirror to themselves, their communities and the nation as a whole. Through their satire and self-mockery they question the clichés about our tolerance, flexibility, open-mindedness and internationalism. With their humour and songs, they have become instrumental in enabling an open discussion of sensitive issues such as guilt, discrimination and the taboos of our multicultural society. In entertaining us, they help us bridge some of the divides that have recently emerged.
In free countries and regions, laughter is an essential part of living freely; we need satire to keep power in check. In occupation and oppression, humour is even more important; it means survival. People dedicate their lives to humour and satire, putting their freedom and safety at risk. But without it, they may have dried up and died along with their communities. The world needs people who say the seemingly unspeakable, who expose the hypocrisy, corruption and vanity of power. We need to encourage those who wield this mysterious and universal power called humour to help create spaces of freedom in which all people are at liberty to think, speak, live, explore and develop.
Seeking out the zones of silence and creating spaces of freedom is a leading objective of the Prince Claus Fund. It is within this framework – however broad – that the Fund has a special focus on humour and satire. In line with its belief in the developmental aspect of culture, the Fund is particularly interested in expressions of humour and satire that are not only innovative and unique, but also convey quality and a certain degree of social commitment.
The laureates today have all in their own way given new meaning to this idea by speaking out, and by contrasting the silence with their wit and braveness, laying bare the raw nerves of the truth.
Few can rival the cartoons of Jonathan Shapiro, alias Zapiro. Local and global themes are represented in an irresistibly humorous manner; each cartoon touching on the essence of the issues at hand. Zapiro has used his gift to question the system of apartheid and continues to challenge the clichés and dogmas of his home region and the world at large. He also teaches and shares his views and qualities with coming generations. For the outstanding quality of his work, for his social and political commitment and his contribution to culture and development it is a great honour and privilege to hand the 2005 award to Mr Jonathan Shapiro of South Africa.



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Old 12-23-2005, 04:11 PM
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Prince Claus Prize 2005

As there were only 4 pics on Prince Claus Prize 2005 held in Amsterdam on December 7th, we should be allowed to see more pictures of this event.
there are loads from petersmulders.nl, and here are most of them :

1st batch



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Old 12-14-2006, 07:18 AM
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There are some photos from the Prince Claus Prize evening at www.ppe-agency.com
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Old 12-14-2006, 01:29 PM
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It's nice to see the Family coming together.

Beatrix looked quite happy and elegant.
Máxima looked happy, but her hair still looks messy and I still don't like that coat!
Laurentien in green. The dress looked interesting... maybe a little bit too short.
Mabel was the best dressed woman, IMO.
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Old 12-14-2006, 02:59 PM
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Maxima's coat is recycled- isn't it that one she wore in Australia?
Also where is Willem Alexander? I have't seen him on photos
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I'm baaaaack! :)
I liked Maxima's outfit. It's a pretty brown/goldish colour and I like the bit of shine in it.
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Old 12-14-2006, 03:20 PM
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I liked Maxima's outfit. It's a pretty brown/goldish colour and I like the bit of shine in it.
Hey Spiffy, welcome back!
I like the outfits of Laurentien and Mabel very much. I'm not a big fan of what Maxima's wearing, it makes her look so huge!
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Old 12-14-2006, 03:39 PM
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imo, all the ladies looked great and happy, its good to see them all out together
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Old 12-14-2006, 04:10 PM
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Maxima's coat is recycled- isn't it that one she wore in Australia?
Also where is Willem Alexander? I have't seen him on photos
Willem-Alexander is in Tunesia at present as he is appointed Chair of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation.The Board has it's 7th meeting in Tunis from december 13th till tomorrow december 15th.:
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Yes, she did use that coat in Australia mims111.
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The Royal Family of the Netherlands attended the Prince Claus Award at the Musicbuilding at 't IJ in Amsterdam.

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Old 12-12-2007, 02:01 PM
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Does anybody know who received the Prince Claus award? Nice to see them all there btw, Laurentien looks very good IMO ('vlot'). And though I am not a great fan of Mabels dress she looks good too, not as pale as usual and not the dark lipstick either!

And Maxima...I wonder, what is the problem with a nice pearl necklace instead of all these weird creations? This is one nice picture btw.
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Ohh lovely pictures, especially the ones of Maxima greeting the Queen & Mabel. Mabels outfit too short for my taste, Maxima looked nice, has she gotten lighter highlights put in but left roots untouched???

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I don't like any of their outfits. But what I do like is when all the Family is together. They really seem to enjoy each others company! We don't know how they behave in private, but in public they have a very cheerful attitude. Good for them!
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The Prince Claus Prize 2008 is awarded to Indian author Indira Goswami,the Prince Claus Foundation announced today.
Goswami will receive the sum of 100.000 euro.

The annual Award will be handed out on december 3rd in the presence of the Royal Family,Amsterdam.

Besides Goswami there are prizes (25.000 euro each) for others who stand out in the field of the Arts,Philosophy and Culturel Organisations:

These prizes will be handed-out at the embassies in the respective countries:

Li Xianting,China
His Eminence Purevbat,Mongolia
Ousmane Sow,Senegal
Dayanita Singh,India
Elia Suleiman,Palestine
James Iroha Uchechukwu,Nigeria
Tania Bruguera,Cuba
Ma Ke,China
Jeanguy Saintus,Haiti
Carlos Henriquez Consalvi,Venezuela.

Prince Claus Prize 2006:

http://www.royalpress.nl/20061213.html

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Old 12-02-2008, 12:47 PM
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Tomorrow,wednesday december 3rd,the entire Royal Family will attend the Prince Claus Prize ceremony
at the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ,Amsterdam.

HRH Prince Friso,Co-Chair of the Prince Claus Fund,(brother Prince Constantijn is the other),will hand-out the Prizes.

This years theme is Culture and the Human Body.

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Tomorrow,wednesday december 3rd,the entire Royal Family will attend the Prince Claus Prize ceremony
at the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ,Amsterdam.

HRH Prince Friso,Co-Chair of the Prince Claus Fund,(brother Prince Constantijn is the other),will hand-out the Prizes.

This years theme is Culture and the Human Body.

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Courtesy Hendrik-Jan van Beek.

Never mind the captions.....Prince Friso will hand-out the Prize and Constantijn is Hon.Co-Chair,not Floris.


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I know that the caption mistakenly listed Prince Floris as the co-chair. Was he there also? I don't recall seeing any photos of any of the Van Vollenhovens.
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