Their Majesties King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain were in Malaga this week to preside over the awards ceremony for the annual Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts, which was held at Centre Pompidou, a branch of the famous Parisian museum.
Before the events official start Their Majesties met with Dukes of Soria, His Royal Highness the Infanta Doña Margarita and Don Carlos Zurita, whose institution, the Duques de Soria Foundation of Hispanic Science and Culture, was one of the honourees.
In a speech at the ceremony King Felipe said that: “art makes us more free while culture must make us stronger as a society. A s we know well [as] Spaniards, we [have] so many centuries of shared history and so long a tradition of artistic and cultural history in common, within the diversity that also characterizes our country.”
Awarded to individuals or institutions excelling in arts or culture, the Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts was first granted by the Ministry of Culture in Spain in 1995. After the king’s speech and words from the Mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, and the Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, Their Majesties presented the medals for 2016.
The list of honourees:
- Pianist María Martha Argerich
- Editor Manuel Borrás Arana
- Arpista Musician María Rosa Calvo-Manzano Ruiz-Horn
- Fashion designer Lorenzo Caprile Trucchi
- Actor José Coronado García
- Actor and director Ricardo Alberto Darín
- Singer, songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan
- Flamenco guitarist José Fernández Torres
- Cultural institution Duques de Soria Foundation of Hispanic Science and Culture created in 1989 by initiative and under the Presidency of Honor of SAR the Infanta Doña Margarita de Borbōn and of the Excmo. Mr. Don Carlos Zurita, Dukes of Soria
- Dancer and choreographer Jesús Rafael García Hernández
- Singer of jota José Iranzo Bielsa (granted posthumously)
- Matador de toros Julián López Escobar “El Juli”
- Director of the Jazz Festival of San Sebastián Miguel Martín
- Industrial designer Miquel Milà i Sagnier
- Actress and theater director Magüi Mira Franco
- Museum director Guy Philippe Henri Lannes de Montebello
- Choral musical institution Orfeón Pamplonés – one of the oldest and most alive musical institutions in Europe, their mission is the cultivation, development and diffusion of music in all its manifestations (in particular choral music), representing the culture of Pamplona and Navarra, with vocation of service to society.
- Director of the National Company of Classical Theater Helena Pimenta Hernández
- Cook Pedro Subijana Reza
- Poet Julia Uceda Valien
- Editor and cultural promoter Leopoldo Zugaza Fernández