Stuttgart/Berlin, 27 November 2020 - ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) congratulates Julia Grosse and Dr. Yvette Mutumba on being awarded the prestigious European Cultural Manager Award 2020. Alongside Grosse and Mutumba, the nominees included Eike Schmidt, Director of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy and Malte Boecker, Director of the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany.
A top-class, 42-member jury of experts from the fields of culture, business and media selected Grosse and Mutumba for their groundbreaking commitment to culture. Patroness of the 15th European Cultural Brand Awards is Michelle Müntefering, Minister of State for International Cultural Policy at the German Federal Foreign Office.
Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba are the founders and artistic directors of Contemporary And (C&), a dynamic platform comprising the publications C& Magazine and C& América Latina Magazine as well as C& Projects and C& Education. ifa is initiator and co-publisher of both magazines; the Goethe Institut is co-publisher of C& América Latina.
Founded in 2013, Grosse and Mutumba have developed C& into an international brand that stands for the highest quality journalism, global networks and sustainable educational projects in the field of educational arts. With readers in over 170 countries, C& Magazine and C& América Latina (C&AL) founded in 2018 are the leading on and offline platforms for Africa, Latin America and their global diasporas.
Ronald Grätz, ifa's Secretary General: 'We are extremely pleased that Julia Grosse's and Dr. Yvette Mutumba's work is being so prominently recognised. With C& they have created a space of discourse for the topic of "global" art, which had previously been insufficiently considered, and against all structural limitations, they have implemented a visionary idea which was and is groundbreaking for cultural debates.'
C& 's journalist style takes a new approach that sets it apart from most other art magazines: All of its texts are written exclusively by local authors. C& brings together authentic voices from the various scenes in Africa and the diaspora and makes them visible. In this way, C& features content produced strictly by a growing global network.
Launched in 2006, the competition for innovative cultural management, trend-setting cultural marketing and sustainable cultural promotion is now regarded as Europe's most progressive cultural award and honours forward-thinking cultural projects in a total of eight competition categories.
ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) is Germany’s oldest intermediary organisation for international cultural relations. It promotes a peaceful and enriching coexistence between people and cultures worldwide. ifa supports artistic and cultural exchange in exhibition, dialogue and conference programmes, and it acts as a centre of excellence for international cultural relations. It is part of a global network and relies on sustainable, long-term partnerships.
It is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the state of Baden-Württemberg and its capital Stuttgart. www.ifa.de/en
Guido Jansen-Recken, +49 (0)30 284491 19, presse(at)ifa.de