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The Lehendakari attends the Ministry of Culture’s National Awards prize ceremony

2010 July 20

Prize recipients include the writer Ondarroa Kirmen Uribe, who received the Fiction Award for "Bilbao-New York-Bilbao".

The Lehendakari, Patxi López, participated in the Ministry of Culture's National Awards prize ceremony, which took place this morning in the Euskalduna Conference Centre (Bilbao). During his intervention, the Lehendakari drew attention to the message of the work of Basque writer Kirmen Uribe, Bilbao-New York-Bilbao, recipient of the National Fiction Award, as it attempts to "build bridges between people." This message was applied to all prize recipients as their creations are "works that break down barriers, overcome chasms and lay bridges."

The Euskalduna Conference Centre (Bilbao) provided the setting for the Ministry of Culture's National Awards prize ceremony. The Lehendakari, Patxi López, attended the ceremony, drawing attention to the "enormous efforts" made by the prize recipients in order to "excel" in an area that is brimming with talent, such as the world of culture. "Your works represent veritable bridges between people, aqueducts that bring the waters of genius to the mouths of the audiences, readers and users of your work," stated Mr López.
The Ministry of Culture's National Awards prize ceremony was celebrated in the Euskalduna Conference Centre (Bilbao) and the Lehendakari, Patxi López, attended the event. The event was chaired by the Prince and Princess of Asturias and the Minister for Culture, Ángeles González-Sinde, the President of the Basque Parliament, Arantza Quiroga, and the Mayor of Bilbao, Iñaki Azkuna, were also present.

Prize recipients include the writer Ondarroa Kirmen Uribe, who received the Fiction Award for "Bilbao-New York-Bilbao". The Lehendakari has drawn attention to the message of this work, which attempts to "build bridges between people", extending this characteristic to take in all the artists as their creations are "works that break down barriers, overcome chasms and lay bridges." "Your works represent veritable bridges between people, aqueducts that bring the waters of genius to the mouths of the audiences, readers and users of your work," stated Mr López.

The Lehendakari drew attention to the "enormous efforts" made by the prize recipients in order to "excel" and "make a living" in an area that is "brimming with talent", such as the world of culture Mr López highlighted that those who received awards this morning were afforded this recognition as a result of instruments such as "words, thought, design, movement, sound and sight."

Joan Manuel Serrat, Sánchez´Ferlosio and Cuéntame

Prize recipients in the Spanish Literature section in this year's edition were as follows:
Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio, for the collective body of his literary works; Juan Carlos Mestre (Poetry), for 'La casa roja'; Kirmen Uribe (Fiction), for 'Bilbao-New York-Bilbao'; Reyes Mate (Essays), for 'La herencia del olvido', Paco Bezerra (Dramatic Literature), for 'Dentro de la tierra'; Alfredo Gómez Cerdá (Literature for Children and Young People), for 'Barro de Medellín'; José Luis Moralejo (Best Translation), for the translation of Horace's 'Satires, Epistles and Ars Poetica'; and Roser Berdaqué (for the collective body of her translations).

The following individuals were also awarded prizes: José Antonio Escudero (History of Spain); Felipe Hernández Cava and Bartolomé Seguí (Comics), for 'Las serpientes ciegas'; Marcial Marcial Pons Ediciones and Gadir Editorial (Best Cultural Publisher); Cuadernos del Sur, Diario de Córdoba and Cosmopoética (Encouraging Reading); Miguel Calatayud (Illustration); and Jacinto Antón (Cultural Journalism).

In the area of Performance Arts and Music, the award recipients were as follows: José Soler (Music); María Bayo (Acting); Joan Manuel Serrat (Contemporary Music); Compañía de Danza Mal Pelo (Dance); Lola Greco (Dance); Vicky Peña (Theatre); Los Titiriteros de Binéfar (Theatre for Children and Young People); and Familia Popey (Circus).

Finally, the National Awards for Fine Arts were presented to the following individuals and bodies: Nacho Criado (Plastic Arts); Gervasio Sánchez (Photography); Manuel Pertegaz (Fashion Design); The Autonomous Government of Andalusia's Andalucía Barroca program (Restoration and Conservation of Cultural Assets); and the architects Gabriel Ruiz Cabrero and Gabriel Rebollo Puig along with the Town Hall of Alcalá de Henares (Cities inscribed in the World Heritage List). The National Award for Cultural Industries was presented to TVE's television series 'Cuéntame'.

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