The Crown Prince Couple's Awards

In respect of the Crown Prince Couple's Awards, we focus on outstanding performances, innovative thinking and high quality within the fields of arts and culture and social work
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The Crown Prince Couple's Awards were set up in 2004 by way of a wedding gift to His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. As they are honorary awards, the awards cannot be applied for. The award winners will be nominated by the Crown Prince Couple subject to recommendations made by the two advisory committees with expertise within the cultural area and social work, respectively.

The awards will be presented by the Crown Prince Couple at a live show on national television (DR1, Danish Broadcasting Corporation) produced in a collaboration between DR and the Bikuben Foundation. To begin with, the awards were presented in Copenhagen. Since 2011, however, the award shows have been hosted by various Danish cities. The year 2013 marked an exception, though, as this year, the Sydney Opera House constituted the framework for the award show, as an element in the official celebration of the 40-year anniversary of Jørn Utzon's world-famous architectural masterpiece.

The Crown Prince Couple's Cultural Award and the Crown Prince Couple's Social Award each carries a monetary prize of DKK 500,000; and the recipients will be presented with a kaleidoscope, created by Olafur Eliasson. The Crown Prince Couple's two Stardust Awards each carries a monetary prize of DKK 50,000.

The awards

The Crown Prince Couple's Social Award

This prize is awarded to a private, public or voluntary association, institution or organisation supporting an innovative, creative and ground-breaking initiative to the benefit of socially vulnerable or marginalised groups in Denmark, Greenland or the Faroese Islands. The selection of award winners emphasises initiatives having successfully tested new methods and, for a number of years, provided changed conditions for a socially vulnerable or marginalised group. 

The award-winning initiative shall stand out – shining through the force of example – and demonstrate a capacity for passing on experience and inspiration at a national (and, perhaps, international) level.

This award can be shared among more associations, institutions or organisations which, in collaboration, have brought about great results. 

The Crown Prince Couple's Cultural Award

This prize is awarded to a notable Danish, Faroese or Greenlandic artist who has delivered an exceptional performance.

The selection of award winners is based on the premise of future expectations to equally great performances by the award winners, nationally as internationally. The award winner shall shine through the force of example, representing values such as innovation, creativity and high artistic integrity.

The Stardust Awards

Recipients of the Crown Prince Couple's Stardust Awards, who shall have drawn attention to themselves within the artistic arena, must be younger Danish, Faroese or Greenlandic artists from whom we should continue to expect great performance. The stardust selection emphasises the artists' demonstration of courage to take novel approaches within the framework of their artistic field. Award winners must be innovative and uncompromising in their artistic exploration.

The advisory committees

Owing to their members' expertise and competences, the advisory committees represent bodies of professionals with comprehensive knowledge about the social and cultural areas, respectively. A committee member sits for a maximum of 3 years. In addition to the expert members, the Bikuben Foundation participates with representation on both committees
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Advisory committee on the 2017 Crown Prince Couple's Cultural Award and Stardust Awards

  • Chris Pedersen – TV host and presenter for DR K (national television culture channel) and fashion journalist
  • Christian Lund – Museum director, editor of Louisiana Channel and head of Louisiana Literature
  • Henning Sprogøe – Actor, former theatrical manager and head of education at the Danish National School of Performing Arts
  • Karsten Ifversen – Critic of art and architecture at the Danish daily, Politiken
  • Lene Vive Kristoffersen – Head of programmes and development at Vega
  • Mads Nørgaard – Designer and owner of Mads Nørgaard
  • Maria Månson – Host of the DR film programme Filmselskabet (the film company)
  • Matthias Hvass Borello – Writer and art critic at Kunsten.nu
  • Merete Jankowski – Head of Overgaden, Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Nanna Goul – Critic and cultural journalist at the Danish Weekend paper, Weekendavisen
  • Torben Sangild – Art writer at the digital newspaper, Zetland
  • Uffe Savery – Head of Copenhagen Phil

Advisory committee on the 2017 Crown Prince Couple's social award

  • Anne-Dorte Hestbæk – Senior researcher at VIVE – The Danish Center for Social Science Research
  • Annemarie Zacho-Broe – Acting chief executive of the Fredericia municipality
  • Aviâja Egede Lynge – Children's spokesperson for MIO (National Advocacy for Children’s Rights, Greenland)
  • Erbil Kaya – Defence lawyer and partner of the law firm, TVC Advokatfirma
  • Jann Sjursen – Chairman of Rådet for Socialt Udsatte (the Council for Socially Vulnerable)
  • Laura Auken Larsen – Head of Danish Institute for Voluntary Effort
  • Maria Kavita Nielsen – Director of Mind Your Own Business
  • Per Holm – Director of the Social Develoment Center (SUS)
  • Preben Engelbrekt – Director of  Børn, Unge og Sorg (Children, Young People and Grieving)
  • Vibeke Jensen – Head of the employment area in the Aarhus municipality

Award recipients over the years

The Crown Prince Couple's Awards 2017 – held at Jysk Musikteater in Silkeborg

The composer duo, Den Sorte Skole, representing Martin Højland and Simon Dokkedal, was the recipient of the Crown Prince Couple's Cultural Award and DKK 500,000 plus a kaleidoscope created by Olafur Eliasson.

The organisation, DIGNITY, was the recipient of the Crown Prince Couple's Social Award. This organisation is targeted at providing dignified living circumstances for torture victims and their families. The award was accompanied by DKK 500,000 plus a kaleidoscope created by Olafur Eliasson.

Fashion Designer, Cecilie Bahnsen and the podcast Third Ear (by Tim Hinman and Krister Moltzen) received the Crown Prince Couple's Stardust Awards, each receiving DKK 50,000.

The Crown Prince Couple's Awards 2016 – held in Musikteatret in Holstebro

The film director and script writer Tobias Lindholm was the recipient of the Crown Prince Couple's Cultural Award and DKK 500,000 plus a kaleidoscope created by Olafur Eliasson.

The organisation, Børn, Unge & Sorg (Children, Young People and Grieving) was the recipient of the Crown Prince Couple's Social Award together with DKK 500,000 and a kaleidoscope created by Olafur Eliasson. This organisation provides free consultancy and expert psychological therapy for children and young people who have lost a close family member or who are experiencing life with a critically ill parent or sibling in the home.

The architects, Tegnestuen Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter, and the musician and harmonica player, Mathias Heise, received the Crown Prince Couple's Stardust Awards, each receiving DKK 50,000.

The Crown Prince Couple's Awards 2015 – held in Kulturværftet in Helsingør

The stage Director, Elisa Kragerup, was the recipient of the Crown Prince Couple's Cultural Award and DKK 500,000 plus a kaleidoscope created by Olafur Eliasson.

Through entrepreneurship, the recipient of the Crown Prince Couple's Social Award, Mind Your Own Business, is targeted at strengthening the academic and professional competences of boys and male adolescents of ethnic minority as well as their social relations and connection with the educational system and the labour market. Together with the prize, this initiative received DKK 500,000 and a kaleidoscope created by Olafur Eliasson.

The recipients of the Crown Prince Couple's Stardust Awards and DKK 50,000 each were the Designer Mark Tan and the writer and artist, Amalie Smith.

The Crown Prince Couple's Awards 2014 – held in Musikhuset in Aalborg

The designer Cecilie Manz was the recipient of the Crown Prince Couple's Cultural Award and DKK 500,000 plus a kaleidoscope created by Olafur Eliasson.

The organisation TUBA (therapy and consultancy for young people who have grown up in families with alcohol abuse) was the recipient of the Crown Prince Couple's Social Award and DKK 500.000 kr. plus a kaleidoscope created by Olafur Eliasson.

The photographer Lærke Posselt and the actor Johanne Louise Schmidt were the recipients of the Crown Prince Couple's Stardust Awards, each receiving DKK 50,000.

The Crown Prince Couple's Awards 2013 – held in the Sydney Opera House

The artistic talents behind the television series Borgen and The Killing were the recipients of the Crown Prince Couple's Cultural Award together with DKK 500,000 and a kaleidoscope created by Olafur Eliasson.

The nation-wide voluntary organisation, the Nightravens, was the recepient of the Crown Prince Couple's Social Award together with DKK 500,000 and a kaleidoscope created by Olafur Eliasson.

The violinist Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen and the singer, Karen Marie Ørsted – better known as, MØ – were the recipients of the Crown Prince Couple's Stardust Awards, each receiving DKK 50,000.

As an element in the Danish-Australian celebration of the 40-year anniversary of the Opera House, the Sydney Opera House constituted the framework for the Crown Prince Couple's Awards 2013.

The Crown Prince Couple's Awards 2012 – held in Koncertsalen Alsion in Sønderborg

The illustrator and writer, Jakob Martin Strid, was the recipient of the Crown Prince Couple's Cultural Award and DKK 500,000 plus a kaleidoscope created by Olafur Eliasson.

The Danish Red Cross Youth received the Crown Prince Couple's Social Award together with DKK 500,000 and a kaleidoscope created by Olafur Eliasson.

The accordion player, Bjarke Mogensen and the singer-songwriter Nive Nielsen were the recipients of the Crown Prince Couple's Stardust Awards, each receiving DKK 50,000.

The Crown Prince Couple's Awards 2011 – held in Musikhuset Aarhus

The architect, Bjarke Ingels, was the recipient of the Crown Prince Couple's Cultural Award and DKK 500,000 plus a kaleidoscope created by Olafur Eliasson.

The band, The William Blakes and the writer, Josefine Klougart, received the Crown Prince Couple's Stardust Awards, each receiving DKK 50,000.

The Crown Prince Couple's Awards 2010 – held in the Black Diamond in Copenhagen

The National Association of Join-In Centres received the Crown Prince Couple's Social Award and DKK 500,000 plus a kaleidoscope created by Olafur Eliasson.

Two additional social prizes were awarded to the advisory centre and join-in-centre, Baglandet, in Copenhagen and to the join-in centre, Amarngivat, in Tasiilaq, East Greenland. The two prize winners each received DKK 50,000.

The Crown Prince Couple's Awards 2009 – held in DR Koncerthuset in DR Byen in Copenhagen

The Cellist Andreas Brantelid was the recipient of the Crown Prince Couple's Cultural Award and DKK 500,000 plus a kaleidoscope created by Olafur Eliasson.

The singer, Nanna Øland Fabricius (better known as Oh Land), and the photographer, Joakim Eskildsen, were the recipients of the Crown Prince Couple's Stardust Awards, each receiving DKK 50,000.

The Crown Prince Couple's Awards 2008 – held in the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen

The singer and songwriter, Tina Dickow, was the recipient of the Crown Prince Couple's Cultural Award and DKK 500,000 plus a kaleidoscope created by Olafur Eliasson

Morgencaféen for hjemløse (the morning café for homeless people) was the recipient of Den Velgørende Donation (The Charitable Donation) of DKK 250,000

The Crown Prince Couple's Awards 2007 – held in the Opera at Holmen

The actress, Sonja Richter, was the recipient of the Crown Prince Couple's Cultural Award and DKK 500,000 plus a kaleidoscope created by Olafur Eliasson

Ventilen Danmark, providing support for lonely young people, was the recipient of Den Velgørende Donation (The Charitable Donation) of DKK 250,000.

The Crown Prince Couple's Awards 2006 – held in the Opera at Holmen

The artist, Olafur Eliasson, was the recipient of the Crown Prince Couple's Cultural Award and DKK 500,000

Julemærkefonden (the Christmas Seal Foundation) was the recipient of Den Velgørende Donation (The Charitable Donation) of DKK 250,000.

The Crown Prince Couple's Awards 2005 – held in the Opera at Holmen

The film director, Per Fly, was the recipient of the Crown Prince Couple's Cultural Award and DKK 500,000.

The Save the Children organisation (Red Barnet, Denmark) was the recipient of Den Velgørende Donation (The Charitable Donation) of DKK 250,000.

Frequently asked questions

Can I submit an application for the Crown Prince Couple's Awards?

No. As these are honorary awards, you cannot apply to become a recipient. The award recipients will be nominated by the Crown Prince Couple subject to recommendations made by the two advisory committees with expertise within the areas of culture and social work, respectively.

How do I get tickets to the presentation of the Crown Prince Couple's Awards?

The venue hosting the awards ceremony will be in charge of ticket sales, if relevant. Contact the hosts to learn more. In a few previous cases, the capacity of the venue size did not have scope for any ticket sales.  

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