Baloji, Human Rights League and UGent among winners of Flemish Ultima awards

Baloji, the Human Rights League and Ghent University were among the winners of the Ultima Awards on Tuesday. The cultural prizes, which are presented each year by the Flemish Community, were awarded by a jury of experts to a total of 13 winners.

Belgian-Congolese filmmaker, musician, actor and designer Baloji won the Ultima for Film & Visual Media. His first feature film, Augure, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year and won the New Voice award in the Un Certain Regard section. It was also Belgium's entry for the 2024 Oscars.

The Ultima for Adult Social-Cultural Work was awarded to the Flemish Human Rights League, which has been working for a more inclusive society since 1979. The prize for Cultural Entrepreneurship went to Onkruid, an organisation that brings artists and entrepreneurs together.

The Ghent University Museum (GUM) and Botanical Garden were awarded the Ultima for Tangible and Intangible Heritage. The museum showcases Ghent University's academic heritage collection.

Literature and music

The writing duo Elvis Peeters, consisting of Nicole van Bael and Jos Verlooy, won the literary prize, while writer Aya Sabi was chosen as this year's Emerging Talent. Artist Marianne Berenthaut won the Ultima for Visual Arts and the non-profit organisation ROTOR won the Ultima for Architecture and Applied Arts.

The Ultima for Music went to the contemporary string orchestra BRYGGEN, and the Ultima for Performing Arts to choreographer and performer Alexander Vantournhout. The inclusive theatre laboratory Het Scheldeoffensief won the Ultima for Amateur Arts.

All winners went home with a trophy by artist Daan Gielis and 10,000 euros. Earlier this month it was announced that landscape architect Bas Smets had won the Ultima for General Cultural Merit, which has a cash prize of 20,000 euros.


#FlandersNewsService | Musician and director Baloji © BELGA PHOTO LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ

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