European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2016

The winners of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2016 will be celebrated during a high-profile event at the historic Zarzuela Theatre in Madrid on the evening of 24 May. Built in 1856, it is the first and only theatre devoted to Spanish light opera, having been classified as a National Monument in 1994.

The European Heritage Awards Ceremony will be co-hosted by Maestro Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, and Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and is expected to assemble up to 1.000 people, including heritage professionals, volunteers and supporters from all over Europe as well as top-level representatives from EU institutions, Member States and the host country.

The winners will receive the awards from the Juries’ Chairpersons of the four categories, namely Fani Mallouchou-Tufano (category Conservation), Isik Aydemir (category Research), Alexander Sayn-Wittgenstein (category Dedicated Service to Heritage) and Goranka Horjan (category Education, Training and Awareness-Raising).

During the ceremony, the seven Grand Prix laureates, entitled to receive €10,000 each, and the Public Choice Award winner, chosen from among this year’s winning projects, will be announced.

The Awards Ceremony will be enhanced by an inspiring musical programme. The tenor Israel Lozano and the soprano Auxiliadora Toledano, both Spanish laureates of Operalia – The World Opera Competition, the Choir of the Polytechnic University of Madrid and the Barbieri Symphony Orchestra will enchant the audience with music based on Spain’s rich cultural heritage.

A celebratory reception for all the registered participants at the Fine Arts Circle will follow the event.

The Excellence Fair, during which the winners will present and discuss their outstanding achievements, will take place on the morning of 24 May at the headquarters of the College of Architects of Madrid.

The EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.