Last Post bugle players among winners of Flemish Ultima Awards

Singer Charlotte Adigéry and musician Bolis Pupul and the Last Post bugle players have won an Ultima award, the Flemish Community awards. It was announced last week that dancer and choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui had won the Ultima for General Cultural Merit.

The Ultima awards have been awarded each year since 2003. There are 12 prizes in a variety of cultural categories, with the laureates chosen by a jury of experts.

Adigéry and Pupul, who released their debut album Topical Dancer in 2022, won the Ultima in the Music category. They have toured across the world and played at Glastonbury festival last year. The buglers who play the Last Post under the Menin Gate in Ypres every evening at 20.00 took home the Ultima in the Tangible and Intangible Heritage category.

10,000 euro prize

Brassband Willebroek, an academic orchestra of 35 young musicians led by conductor Frans Violent, won the Ultima in the Amateur Arts category. The orchestra has a record 22 Belgian brass band championship titles to its name, has been crowned European champion three times and is a two-time world champion.

Other award categories were Digital Art, Film & Visual Media, Performing Arts, Social-Cultural Adult Work, Architecture and Applied Arts, Visual Arts, Circus and a Public Prize. Each winner was presented with a sculpture and a cash sum of 10,000 euros at the live broadcast of the ceremony on Tuesday, while Sidi Larbi Charkaoui received the main prize of 20,000 euros.


#FlandersNewsService | A bugler at the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres © BELGA PHOTO POOL KURT DESPLENTER

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