Prince Claus Awards

The Prince Claus Awards honour visionary individuals and organisations for their excellent, ground-breaking work in fields of culture and development. 

On 6 December, the 2018 Prince Claus Awards ceremony took place in the presence of their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima and their Royal Highnesses Princess Beatrix and Princess Mabel of the Netherlands at the Royal Palace Amsterdam. HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, Honorary Chair of the Board of the Prince Claus Fund, presented the Prince Claus Awards to:


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Market Photo Workshop, Principal Prince Claus Laureate

Training institute and cultural platform, South Africa

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Adong Judith, Prince Claus Laureate

Playwright, film & theatre-maker, Uganda

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Marwa al-Sabouni, Prince Claus Laureate

Architect, Syria

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Eka Kurniawan, Prince Claus Laureate

Author, Indonesia

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Kidlat Tahimik, Prince Claus Laureate

Artist & filmmaker, Philippines

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O Menelick 2º Ato, Prince Claus Laureate

Independent journalism & cultural platform, Brazil


As part of the Fund’s focus on developing and supporting activities with and for young people, the Prince Claus Fund introduces the Next Generation Award, which honours an outstanding creative initiative that contributes positively to the lives and possibilities of young people. 

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Dada Masilo, Next Generation Laureate

Dancer & choreographer, South Africa

Louder than Words

On Wednesday, 5 December, the Prince Claus Laureates of 2018 took the stage to tell their stories during Louder than Words at the Compagnietheater in Amsterdam (Kloveniersburgwal 50). Louder than Words was moderated by ‘Our Man in Tehran’ journalist Thomas Erdbrink, with acoustic performances throughout the programme by Jeangu Macrooy. This event was open to the public. Programme For more information here 

Who are the 2019 Prince Claus Laureates? We'll announce the 2019 Prince Claus Awards on 5 September 2019.