Dutch Royal Family Present Prince Claus Award 2017

  December 6, 2017 at 6:13 pm by

Today, Wednesday December 6, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, Princess Beatrix, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien, and Princess Mabel attended the 2017 Prince Claus Prize Award ceremony held at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.

This year the award went to the Brazilian filmmaker and rights activist Vincent Carelli and the Chinese new media designer and environmental activist Ma Jun.

As Honorary Chairman of the Prince Claus Fund, Prince Constantijn presented the award.

Vincent Carelli and Ma Jun were awarded because their work is a “great influence to a wide audience in two distant parts of the world. They work with different media and methods in different disciplines, but both have the same starting point: pay attention to the urgent struggle to protect human lives and the environment against unjust and unsustainable exploitation”.

Mr. Carelli is a documentary maker and activist for the rights of indigenous communities and in 1986 he founded a collective production center, “Video in the villages” that provides indigenous school children with videos in their own language. Mr. Ma Jun is a new media and environmental activist designer who encourages citizens to take action against industrial pollution and in 2006 he founded the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE), a is a non-profit environmental research organization that collect and analy official data on pollution, making it accessible and free to citizens.

During the ceremony Prince Constantijn awarded other five laureates for their work in the field of culture, development and education.

The Prince Claus Awards are presented by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development since 1997 annually to artists, thinkers and cultural organizations, particularly in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The Prince Claus Fund was established on 6 September 1996 as a tribute to Prince Claus’s dedication to culture and development.

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