Highlights from the award ceremony

On Monday May 27, the Belgian author Bart Moeyaert received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award at a ceremony in the Stockholm Concert Hall. The award was presented by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria.

Watch the evening highlights:

In his acceptance speech, Bart Moeyaert emphasized the importance of offering children valuable memories (a subtitled version will be published shortly):

Apart from the prize sum, 5 million SEK, the laureate received a diploma, presented by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and illustrated by Karin Cyrén och Maja Zetterberg. In her congratulatory speech, Swedish Minister for Democracy and Culture Mrs. Amanda Lind said:

− There are as many childhoods as there are people who have ever lived. Actually, if we include all daydreams, all fears and all wishful thinking, there are even more childhoods. Bart Moeyaert, you have showed us so many different childhoods.

During the evening, musical entertainment was provided by the singer Sarah Klang and the artist Jason Diakité read from Moeyaert’s novel Brothers. Choco Canel was DJ and a trumpet fanfare was performed by Johan Lindeborg and John Axelsson. The ceremony was hosted by the actress and comedienne Nisti Stêrk.