2022 Prince Claus Impact Awards Ceremony

On 7 December, in a ceremony at the Royal Palace Amsterdam, HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands with the Chair of the Impact Awards Jury Pablo León Barra presented Prince Claus Impact Awards for outstanding achievements to six creative changemakers.

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Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, their Royal Highnesses Princess Beatrix and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands were present.

The 2022 Impact Awards were presented to Ailton Krenak, indigenous leader, environmentalist, philosopher, poet and writer from Brazil; Alain Gomis, Senegalese-French film director, screenwriter and founder of Yennenga Center in Dakar, dedicated to cinema and the promotion of African filmmaking; Hassan Darsi, visual artist and co-founder of La Source du Lion, a cultural laboratory for thinkers, artists, journalists, students, and the general public in Morocco; María Medrano, writer, poet, editor and co-founder of YoNoFui in Argentina that supports incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and LGTBQIA+ individuals and advocates for their rights; May al-Ibrashy, architect and founder of the Megawra - Built Environment Collective, which engages marginalised communities in Cairo in the rehabilitation of cultural heritage. An Impact Award was also presented in absentia to Cuban artist, performer and human rights defender Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara who is currently in prison for his actions promoting freedom of expression.

The cemenony also included performances by 2021 Prince Claus Seed Award recipients Sunday Obiajulu Ozegbe, dancer and choreographer from Nigeria and Amarafleur, singer from South Africa.

About the Prince Claus Impact Awards

Impact Awards are presented every two years. In addition to artistic quality, these Awards honour social engagement and the positive impact of the artists and their work on their communities. Geographic diversity and range of disciplines are also considerations in the selection process. For this year’s Awards, 94 nominations were initially received from a wide range of experts in the field. Nominations are thoroughly researched and a final selection was decided by an independent jury comprised of five international and highly experienced individuals. 

This year’s jury is comprised of the chair, curator Pablo Leon de la Barra; architect and 2019 Prince Claus Laureate Mariam Kamara; dancer, choreographer, storyteller and 2007 Prince Claus Laureate Faustin Linyekula; multimedia artist and 2010 Prince Claus Laureate Dinh Q. Lê; curator Maya El Khalil.