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PRINCE CLAUS AWARDS 2008 (article first published : 2008-09-7)

The principle Prince Claus Award of 100,000 goes to Indian writer Indira Goswami (1942, Guwahati, Assam). The Awards ceremony will take place on December 3, 2008, in the Muziekgebouw aan t IJ in Amsterdam. Ten other laureates will receive awards of 25,000 each in December and January in the Dutch Embassies in the countries where they live. Since 1997 the Prince Claus Awards have been given out each year to artists, intellectuals and cultural organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The theme of the 2008 Prince Claus Awards is Culture and the Human Body. With this theme, the Prince Claus Fund celebrates ingenuity in forms of expression that touch on the human body, particularly by individuals, groups and organisations that are positively engaged with their surroundings and society. The human body can be an inspiration, model, canvas or tool box, a medium for the expression of beliefs and ideas. The body provides the fundamental materials for metaphor and symbolism.

For the Jury report, additional information and visual material on the 2008 laureates visit www.princeclausfund.org

The Prince Claus Fund is a platform for intercultural exchange. Activities and publications reflecting a contemporary approach to the themes of culture and development are realised in cooperation with individuals and organisations mainly in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.




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