ENCATC recognitions

Award for Outstanding Contribution

Recognizing impact and legacy in culture

The ENCATC Award for Outstanding contribution to cultural management, education, research, and policy is a biennial accolade established in 2019 to celebrate the Network's twenty-fifth anniversary. It represents the highest expression of recognition to exceptional achievements in developing and sustaining innovative and consistent approaches that contribute to positive changes in cultural education, research, management and policy. 

The Award aligns with ENCATC's mission, emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach and values such as sustainability, resilience, engagement, tolerance and dialogue, interaction and participation, and lifelong learning. It also adheres to principles of inclusion, promotion of values and ethics in education and research, European and international networking and cooperation, and cross-fertilization.

The Award serves as a testament to ENCATC's commitment to being one of society's most active global actors. In 2023, the Award's reach was expanded to individuals, groups, or institutions worldwide.

Recognizing impact and legacy in culture
Milena Dragićević-Šešić receiving the Award in the 2019 Congress in Dijon, France.
What is the aim?

The Award is designed to acknowledge and honour visionary leadership, creativity, and contribution in education, research, policy, and advocacy within cultural management and/or policy. The following areas of impact are taken into account:

  1. Transformational leadership in cultural management of cultural organisations / institutions
  2. Innovative and creative contributions to research in the cultural management and/or cultural policy field
  3. Advocacy efforts that have a significant impact on the broader cultural policy landscape
  4. Contributions that have broken new ground in the cultural management and policy discipline and/or laid the groundwork for others.

What is the prize?

The ENCATC Award encompasses a diploma and entails a two-year engagement period within the ENCATC community.  Winning the ENCATC Outstanding Contribution Award comes with numerous benefits,  including:

  • Recognition: The award is a prestigious recognition of outstanding value to the field of cultural  management and policy.
  • Increased Visibility: The winner of the award receives extensive media coverage, providing  an opportunity to showcase their work to a global audience.
  • Networking Opportunities: The award ceremony is attended by key international players in  the cultural sector, providing a platform for the winner to connect with other professionals and  potential partners.
  •  Access to Information: The winner gains a life time access to a network of cultural management and policy experts, providing access to valuable opportunities, information and resources.
  • Professional Development: Winning the award can boost the winner's career prospects and provide opportunities for professional development.
  • Motivation: Winning the award serves as a catalyst, providing a significant boost of motivation and inspiration to the recipient, further fuelling their commitment to continue delivering  outstanding value to the field of cultural management and policy.
Who is elegible?
  • Individual candidates may be of any nationality and reside in any country worldwide. 
  • Group candidates must consist of two or more people of any nationality and may reside in any country worldwide, whether in a formal or non-formal collaboration. 
  • Institutional candidates must have a legal entity and may be registered in any country worldwide.

Candidates can be selected from both ENCATC members and non-ENCATC members. The Award cannot be granted posthumously.


Gerald Lidstone, ENCATC President, Director of the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE), Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom

Francesca Imperiale, Università del Salento, Italy

Rod Fisher, Associate Lecturer at Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom

Dan Green, H. John Heinz III College of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, United States

Wu Chieh-Hsiang, TACPS and National Changhua University of Education, Taipei

Lidia Varbanova, Programme Director, Management of Performing Arts and Industries, National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts “Krastyo Sarafov”, Bulgaria

Elena Theodoulou Charalambous, Cultural policy advisor at the Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus

Catarina Vaz Pinto, Councillor of culture for the City of Lisbon, Portugal

Xiao Lu, Assistant Professor in the School of Cultural Technology at XJTLU Entrepreneur College, China

Héctor Schargorodsky, Professor at the University of Buenos AiresArgentina

Mbuyamba Lupwishi, Executive Director at the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa, Mozambique


  • 2019 Fellowship Award: Laureate: Milena Dragićević-Šešić

Head of UNESCO Chair in Interculturalism, Art Management and Mediation, Serbia.

Read here the press release of the 2019 laureate announcement.

  • 2021 Fellowship Laureate: Rod Fisher

Associate Lecturer and Researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

Read here the press release of the 2021 laureate announcement.

  • 2023 Fellowship Laureate: Lluís Bonet

Professor of Applied economy and Director of the Cultural Management Graduate program at the University of Barcelona

Read here the press release of the 2023 laureate announcement.