bridging borders

the Best cultural initiative

best cultural initiative

To celebrate the first edition of the LCD Berlin Awards we are pleased to introduce a new category: “Best Cultural Initiative: Bridging Borders”. With this award we would like to honour outstanding achievements in arts and culture that foster an intercultural dialogue and create connections across borders. In a world in which physical and non-physical walls are increasingly prominent, building bridges between cultures and people is more necessary than ever before. We therefore shine light on artistic work and institutional initiatives that connect people, enable intercultural learning, and emphasis the importance of a world without restrictive borders.


The Barenboim-said akademie

The Barenboim-Said Akademie offers an unprecedented conservatory education for talented, young musicians from the Middle East, North Africa, and around the world, combining intensive music performance studies with a grounding in the humanities – all in the heart of historic Berlin.

Most of these students of the Barenboim-Said Akademie grew up in an environment of
political and economic tensions and disruption. In the Barenboim-Said Akademie these students train in a joint environment to become exceptional musicians and artists. But furthermore these young people become ambassadors of humanism and peace. Due to the fact that the political and economic situation in the Middle East and North Africa remains most widely unstable, an initiative like the Barenboim-Said Akademie is highly needed as a voice and incubator for sustainable peace.

We congratulate all Winners of the LCD Berlin Awards 2020!