Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary have presented their Crown Prince Couple’s Awards, honouring people in culture and social work settings.
The Crown Prince Couple’s Awards consists of four annual awards; the Culture Prize, the Social Prize and two Star Sprinkle Awards in the areas of Culture and Social. The Culture Prize and the Social Prize come with a 500,000 Danish kroner award; the Star Sprinkle winners receive 100,000 Danish kroners each.
The winner of this year’s Culture Prize was Danica Curcic, a rising Danish actress who has appeared in film, television and on stage. Curcic was recognised, said Crown Prince Frederik, because “with a special feeling for the human psyche, [she] throws herself into demanding roles, which she manages to portray in a complex and vivid way.”
The winner of this year’s Social Prize was Kofoed’s School which, since 1928, has helped young people through self-improvement to find jobs, take care of their health and be a part of a community. The school was awarded the prize because it is “a lighthouse that has reinvented itself and shows the way in the social field both nationally and internationally,” said Crown Princess Mary.,
The Star Sprinkle Award for Culture was choreographer Sebastian Kloborg for his reinvention of the form and for his “insistence on telling stories through dance and by collaborating with other art forms,” that allows him to “create space for development,” according to Crown Princess Mary.
The Star Sprinkle Award for Social was De Anbragtes Vilkår, a youth organisation that promotes growth and change. The organisation received the award, according to Crown Prince Frederik, because “they are ambitious and strong-willed. It’s about creating change.”
Established in 2004 as a gift to the newlyweds by the Beehive Foundation, the committee behind the awards chooses a pool of nominees with Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary selecting the winners on the committee’s advice.