lunes, 6 de septiembre de 2010


Algerian Publisher Barzakh Editions to Receive Principal Prince Claus
Award of EUR100,000
PR Newswire

AMSTERDAM, September 6, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- This year, on 17
December, the Principal Prince Claus Award of EUR100,000 will be
presented to the Algerian publisher Barzakh Editions at the Royal
Palace in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In addition, ten other laureates
will be presented with awards of EUR25,000 at ceremonies in their
respective countries by Ambassadors of the Netherlands. Since 1997,
the Prince Claus Fund has given annual awards to artists,
intellectuals and cultural organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin
America and the Caribbean. The 2010 Prince Claus Awards are announced
today to commemorate the birthday of Prince Claus (6 September 1926 -
6 October 2002).

Barzakh Editions is an independent publisher in Algiers that has
created a platform for a new generation of Algerian writers, thereby
opening the doors for an exchange of ideas between Algeria and the
rest of the world. Barzakh Editions was established in 2000 by Sofiane
Hadjadj and Selma Hellal in the aftermath of Algeria's black decade of

During and after the black decade, numerous Algerian writers emigrated
for reasons of cultural isolation, economic crisis and political
violence. As a result, a considerable amount of Algerian literature is
published outside of Algeria, making it expensive and unavailable for
much of the population.

Barzakh Editions has succeeded in creating breathing space in the
deadlock between an authoritarian state and a powerful Islamic
movement. Driven by a passion for books and the conviction that
freedom of speech and thought are essential to the development of the
country, Sofiane Hadjadj and Selma Hellal have made the work of local
and exiled authors accessible and affordable. They have released more
than 110 publications in Algeria, many of which have been translated
and published in other African and European countries.

The Award honours Barzakh Editions for providing Algerians with a
voice, for facilitating the much-needed critical reflection on
Algerian reality, for building a bridge between various languages and
cultures, and for creating a beacon for the country's creative

The other ten Awards of EUR25,000 -

Ana Maria Machado (Brazil)
Kwani Trust (Kenya)

Mehrdad Oskouei (Iran)
///YOANI SANCHEZ (Cuba)/////
Aung Zaw (Myanmar/Thailand)

Visual Arts
Dinh Q. Lê (Vietnam)
Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev (Kyrgyzstan)

Maya Goded (Mexico)
Jia Zhang-Ke (China)

Decolonizing Architecture institute (Palestine)
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