"What I like about reading is being taken somewhere else" said Ms Maryia Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, opening the EUPL 2021 Award Ceremony on Tuesday, 9 November 2021 in Brussels, Belgium.
In front of joyous and distinguished audience of ambassadors, EU officials, members of the European Parliament and other reading-enthusiasts, the laureates of this year's EUPL walked the beautiful stage of Flagey's Studio 4 to receive their award from the hands of Commissioner Gabriel, Dr Vasko Simoniti, Minister for Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, and Ms Sabine Verheyen, Chair of the Culture and Education Committee of the European Parliament.
The ceremony was a much needed in-person celebration of the laureates' great achievment and a testament to Europe's language and literary diversity. Seated on stage in groups of 3 or 4, the winning authors gave the audience a small taste of their awarded books by reading an excerpt in their native language (translated on screen), and answering the questions of moderator and master of ceremony Joris Vergeyle.
Though 3 of the 13 laureates unfortunately could not travel to Brussels to attend the event, all 3 of them were present through video messages and were congratulated by representents of their respective embassies and/or permenent representations in Brussels. In a beautiful additional letter, Aram Pachyan, the laureate for Armenia, especially expressed his gratitude: "allow me to (...) say thank you to European culture and European literature, which has given me so much, and which I consider a school where I have always been a student." The full letter, entitled "If this is a Writer", is available to read below (see PDF file).
While the ceremony has now ended, there are plenty of ways to keep this wonderful moment alive:
- (Re)watch the ceremony on our Facebook page
- Check out our photo gallery
- See all the pictures taken by our photographer Philippe Molitor (Gleamlight)
- Explore our authors' written worlds through the EUPL 2021 anthoogy
And may books continue to cross borders!
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