Foto: Leo Samama
Tijdens het openingsconcert van woensdag 4 april ontving artistiek leider Eva Stegeman de Haagse Stadspenning uit handen van wethouder Joris Wijsmuller. De Stadspenning bestaat sinds 1977. Deze bronzen legpenning is bedoeld voor vrijwilligers die 25 jaar of langer bestuurlijk actief zijn.
To my huge surprise, tonight before the start of tonight’s 15th-year-jubilee concert of Classical Encounters, I was honoured with the ‘stadspenning’ of the city of Den Haag! I was so taken by surprise (and actually so focused on the Debussy that we were about to play) that I was lost for words 😁
This ‘penning’ is of course a sign of recognition for all the (literally) hundreds of people that have helped building this festival into what it has become over last 15 years. Co-founder Hans Schouten, all board members, the Vriendenkring, our ambassadors, the city of The Hague, partners and sponsors, all the team members of our organisation over the years, my family, all volunteers and of course all musicians and artists that have helped me shape the festival over the years! I am so happy the festival has truly become the meeting place for inspiring musical and artistic ‘exchange’ that I always envisioned. THANK YOU EVERYBODY for co-creating something meaningful in the form of this festival!!
Het festival en alle medewerkers feliciteren Eva met deze prachtige onderscheiding.