Akko Wins National Culture Award

National Culture Prize to be awarded to the city of Akko next week for its cultural investment and achievements

On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at the Nalagaat Center in Jaffa, Minister of Culture and Sport, Limor Livnat will present Akko Mayor Shimon Lankry the national culture award for the city’s achievements and investment in culture.  This is a monetary prize totaling NIS 75,000. The decision to grant the prize to the city of Akko was reached by a public committee.

Minister of Culture and Sport, Limor Livnat: “I congratulate Akko upon winning the prize.  I’m happy that this prize, which I initiated, has become an important incentive that encourages local authorities to impressively develop and promote the field of culture in their region, and by so doing, to influence and enhance culture and quality of life for their residents.

Akko Mayor Shimon Lankry

Akko Mayor Shimon Lankry said that he is proud that the city of Akko was selected as the prize recipient. “The national culture prize joins the regional education prize awarded to the city of Akko. This is proof that we invest in education and culture and are now reaping the benefits.  Next year, we will continue to invest considerable resources in these fields, and in other fields for the benefit of Akko’s residents,” added Lankry.

In 2011, Minister Livnat initiated the prize for the local authorities in order to encourage local authorities to promote and develop extensive and diverse activity in the fields of culture and sports for the benefit of residents. This is the 3rd consecutive year that the prestigious prize, worth NIS 1.1 million in total, has been granted. The culture prize is awarded to the cities that won the first three places in the following categories:  big city, small city, local council, regional council.  The cities that won first place in each category will be awarded a monetary prize of NIS 75,000. In total, monetary prizes will be awarded to 12 local authorities. The city of Acco won first place in the field of culture in the small cities category.

The judges’ decision was based on their determination that Akko excelled in its local and guest professional cultural performances that enrich the lives of its residents of all age groups and exposes them to a vibrant cultural world, expands cultural activity in the locality, encourages avenues of artistic expression for residents and encourages the production of amateur performances in a variety of fields. The Ministry of Culture and Sport places emphasis on providing an equal opportunity to all authorities to apply for both categories of the prize, culture and sport.  Consequently, the prize’s regulations stipulate that the two prize committees will select the first three places in each category, where in each of the places there are four winning authorities:  big city, small city, local council, regional council. As part of the regulations’ prerequisites, the authorities were required to attach a signed personal commitment by the head of the authority that the prize winnings would be used to improve and promote sports and cultural fields in their jurisdiction for the residents’ benefit.

The panel of judges for the culture prize included:  Orly Fruman – Director General of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, Ran Bar – Senior Deputy Director of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, Shimon Elkabetz – Head of the Culture Administration, media personality – Muli Shapira, Tom Cohen, author – Galila Ron Feder and Ruth Dayan.

By: Sharon Dahan – Akko Municipality Spokesman

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