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The KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR Award has been presented!

The final events of the international residency programme took place on 25 and 26 March 2021.

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For five months, the four international artist teams worked at full speed on their co-productions. The results celebrated their world premiere on 25 March 2021 and were shown to the public and the five-member jury for the first time via live stream. The presentations can be viewed on YouTube until 30 April.

The jury met again in the evening hours of the same day to make the difficult decision as to which team would win the KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR Award. The jurors emphasised that all the co-productions had shown excellent results, which were difficult to compare due to the very different artistic fields and presentation formats. Moreover, the artists had faced unforeseeable challenges during their residencies due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic: The artistic concepts were designed for physical presentation at the time of application, but had to be transformed into a digital presentation after a period of uncertainty. Nevertheless, all teams mastered this challenging circumstance with creativity and the courage to rethink things!

The following day, the KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR Award ceremony also took place via live stream. After a few words of welcome and a short project review, the awards were handed over via video conference by Ms Andrea Hankeln from the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

She bestowed a pleasant surprise on the artists with the jury’s decision: Each co-production was awarded first place in its own category of the KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR Award and the prize money of 20,000 euros was split equally!
The jurors explained their decision by saying that they felt limited in their experience by the exclusively digital presentation of the very high quality projects and that this made a final evaluation particularly difficult. Above all, they wanted to set a sign of special appreciation for all creators of art and culture in times of the COVID-19 pandemic by splitting the prize money.

''All members of the jury have previous experiences of selecting and judging projects, but this particular decision which was taken was an exception driven by the unusual circumstances in which we all are.'' - Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva

''Solidarity for the cultural sector - There were very hard working conditions during the pandemic. There is already so much competition for the few funding possibilities, why add fuel to the fire?'' - Silke Schönfeld

Those who are already excited about the individual categories can follow the award ceremony here and browse through the KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR digital supporting programme.

We congratulate the winners of the KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR Award and wish them all the best for a continued creative and successful future!

We would also like to thank all the people and teams who worked in the background and made KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR possible.


Text: ecce