Helena Vaz da Silva Award Ceremony 2021, 8 November (19:00-20:30 CET)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, a leading European personality in contemporary dance from Belgium, who is the founder of the dance company Rosas, will receive the Helena Vaz da Silva European Award for Raising Public Awareness on Cultural Heritage 2021 at a ceremony on 8 November 2021 at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. This high European recognition pays tribute to Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s exceptional art of communicating European culture and values through dance.

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© Johan Jacobs


The Helena Vaz da Silva European Award was established in 2013 by Europa Nostra and its representation in Portugal, Centro Nacional de Cultura (CNC), in cooperation with the Portuguese Press Club. The Award has the support of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Turismo de Portugal.

The Helena Vaz da Silva European Award Ceremony 2021 will be livestreamed (in Portuguese) via the CNC YouTube channel.


Master of ceremonies: Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović , Secretary General of Europa Nostra

Opening remarks
Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins, Trustee of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Maria Calado, President of the Centro Nacional de Cultura and President of the Jury of the Award
Dinis de Abreu, President of the Portuguese Press Club
Graça Fonseca, Minister of Culture

Special Recognition of the Jury to Antonia Arslan, Italian writer and academic of Armenian origin
Laudatory speech and Special Recognition given by Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins, in his capacity as Member of the Jury of the Award

Presentation of the Helena Vaz da Silva European Award 2021 to Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, contemporary choreographer from Belgium
Laudatory speech by Mark Deputter, President of the Board of Culturgest
Award presented by Graça Fonseca, Minister of Culture
Acceptance speech by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeeker

Message from H.E. the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres (written message)

Closing address by H.E. the President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (video message)