ESPO Award Jury puts the ports of Antwerp, Brest, Guadeloupe, Oslo and Venice in competition for the Award 2017

27 September 2017

The projects of the ports of Antwerp, Brest, Guadeloupe, Oslo and Venice have been shortlisted for the ninth European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award on Societal Integration of Ports. The jury selected these five applications from a total of 13 submissions. The theme of this year’s competition is ‘"Art and Cultural involvement of the port’.

 The award will go to the port that succeeds best in societal integration of the port with the city or wider community in which they are located, through involvement in art or culture. The jury will assess the level of engagement of the port, the innovative character of the involvement and/or cooperation and will look into the impact of this involvement in terms of bringing the port closer to the citizens and the local community. The jury has not assessed the artistic value of the project.

The jury was impressed by the diversity and depth of the submission and we were encouraged by the extent of the cultural policy consciousness of so many ports. We believe the five shortlisted nominees illustrate these qualities”, said Pat Cox, Chairman of the ESPO award jury. 

The winner of the ninth ESPO Award will be announced during the Award Ceremony taking place on 8 November in Brussels. The shortlisted projects will be presented on the ESPO website in the running up to this event.

The ESPO Award was established in 2009 to promote innovative projects of port authorities that improve societal integration of ports, especially with the city or wider community in which they are located. In this way, the Award wants to stimulate the sustainable development of European ports and their cities.

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