Norwegian Poet and Swedish Pianist receive Culture Prize in Stockholm
Norwegian poet and writer Gunnhild Øyehaug and Swedish jazz pianist Erik Lindeborg received The Prince Eugen Culture Prize in Stockholm tonight. Stockholm, Sweden. 05/12/2010
The Prince Eugen Culture Prize is awarded to one Norwegian and one Swedish artist who through their work have contributed to strengthen Swedish-Norwegian relations. The award consists of a diploma and 50,000 Swedish crowns (approximately 5500 Euro).
The award was presented during the Norwegian Embassy’s annual Christmas concert in Swedish Radio’s concert hall, Berwaldhallen. World famous violin player Arve Tellefsen performed together with The Nidaros Catherdral Boys' Choir.
Gunnhild Øyehaug also read a passage from her book “Vente, blinke” (“Wait, Blink”), and Erik Lindeborg played three of his own piano pieces.
The Prize is named after the Swedish Prince Eugén (1865–1947), who had a close connection to Norway and dedicated his life to strengthen the Swedish-Norwegian relations.
Through the years, the award has been presented by Queen Sonja of Norway, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine of Sweden. This year the award was presented by the Norwegian ambassador in Stockholm, Anne K. Lund.
Earlier winners are Merete Løkkeberg Meyer and Jenny Tunedal(2005), Tine Thing Helseth and Andreas Brantelid (2006), Vilde Frang Bjærke and Sofia Jannok (2007), Maria Verbaite and Johannes Weisser (2008), Ane Brun and Sofia Karlsson (2009).