2020 Prince Claus Awards

Prince Claus Awards honour individuals and organisations for their excellent, ground- breaking work in culture and development. The seven 2020 Prince Claus Laureates were announced on 2 December in an online ceremony. Viewers watching from around the world were invited into the Royal Palace Amsterdam. During the programme, His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, Honorary Chair of the Prince Claus Fund, and the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag spoke about the power of culture. Watch the ceremony here.


Ibrahim Mahama Photo White Cube George Darrell

Ibrahim Mahama, Principal Prince Claus Laureate

Visual arts, Ghana

Acik Radyo

Açık Radyo, Prince Claus Laureate

Media & Journalism, Turkey

Diamantina Arcoiris 2020 Photograph by Gabriela Orjuela All rights reserved to Fundación Rediseñándonos 1

Diamantina Arcoiris, Prince Claus Laureate

Design, Colombia

Melaku Belay Mesfine Abebe

Fendika Cultural Centre, Prince Claus Laureate

Music, Performance, Culture & Development, Ethiopia

Tunakaimanu Fielakepa at Langafonua Womens Centre Nukualofa Tonga 2020 Mary Lyn Fonua

Tunakaimanu Fielakepa, Prince Claus Laureate

Cultural heritage, Tonga

M7red Mauricio Corbalan Pio Torroja m7red

m7red, Prince Claus Laureate

Architecture, Argentina


As part of the Fund’s focus on developing and supporting activities with and for young people (ages 15 – 35) the Next Generation Prince Claus Award is presented to an individual under the age of 35 for outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of culture and development. It honours an individual who is a role model for younger generations and whose cultural actions have a positive impact particularly on young people in their society.

Hira Nabi Umar Nad

Hira Nabi, Next Generation Laureate

Film & Visual Arts, Pakistan

About the Prince Claus Awards: Since 1997, the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development has presented Prince Claus Awards to individuals, groups and organisations whose cultural actions have a positive impact on the development of their societies, mainly in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Read our 2020 Awards Book with more information about all of our 2020 Laureates, designed by Irma Boom.

Learn more about all our Prince Claus Laureates from 1997 to today: