The 2009 Routes Award Honours Two Very Special Cultural Personalities

Jan 14, 2010, 11:50 ET from European Cultural Foundation

AMSTERDAM, January 14 /PRNewswire/ -- On 26 January 2010 at the Royal Flemish Theatre in Brussels, the Routes Award will be presented to international theatre-maker Stefan Kaegi, who is also known for being cofounder of the theatre-ensemble Rimini Protokol, and to Borka Pavicevic who as a cultural activist and founder of Belgrade's Centre for Cultural Decontamination (1995) has long played a key cultural role in a troubled region.

During the festive ceremony, each will receive a prize of EUR25,000 from Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands. Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands will also be present at the ceremonies fulfilling her role as the current President of the European Cultural Foundation (ECF). There will also be hundreds of international guests from the worlds of culture, art and politics.

The ECF, which for the last 50 years has successfully worked on cultural cooperation in Europe, established the Routes Award in 2008. They believe that for the future of Europe, thinkers and artists should be honoured and recognised by a larger public for their work reflecting the importance of culture and diversity in our society.

For the publisher: The Routes Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity was established in 2008 as tribute to Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands. For over 24 years, she acted as chairperson of the ECF. The Routes Award is an initiative of the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is made possible by the generous support of ACLEU (Association of Charity Lotteries) and the Rabobank Foundation. For more information see:

Additional information:

Also read most recent interview with Borka Pavicevic in the Serbian daily Vreme at: (can be read with translator)

Press contact & accreditation:

ECF, Mascha Ihwe,, +31(0)20-573-38-68 or +31-(0)6-43-08-42-05

SOURCE European Cultural Foundation