In awarding these laureates, ECF signals two precedent-setting examples of collaboration between culture and society and the struggle for the ‘commons’. The Award will be presented to both laureates on 18 March 2014 in Brussels.
Teatro Valle Occupato is receiving the ECF Princess Margriet Award for transforming the Teatro Valle into a fertile space of active participation where the production and sharing of culture becomes a right and a resource accessible to all. In June 2011, a large number of workers of arts/entertainment/culture reclaimed Rome’s oldest theatre from the risk of privatisation and turned it into a durable platform for the empowerment of citizenship where artistic experimentation, political debate and wider community meet. The occupiers now receive political and legal recognition by officially forming the Fondazione Teatro Valle Bene Comune, the first foundation for common goods in Italy. The statutes of the foundation will be signed by a notary and presented as part of a press conference on 18 September in Rome.