BNP Paribas Fortis, Vitra, Total, Mithra, Duravit, and Banque Nationale de Belgique, were the 2014 recipients of the Caius prizes, which every year, reward business patronage that “stands out for the businesses’ creativity, dynamism, perseverance, and contribution to cultural development and to the preservation of our heritage”, revealed Promethea, the group organising the awards, on Tuesday night, after the awards ceremony in Flagey. The Caius prize for corporate philanthropy went to BNP Paribas Fortis, for its structural partnership supporting the social dimension of Festival van Vlaanderen. Vitra was awarded the Caius prize for First Time patronage for its involvement with Theatre de Liege.
As for Total, it won the Caius prizes for audacity and for sponsoring cultural heritage, after sponsoring the creation of Centre de la Ceramique (ceramics centre) in Wallonia-Brussels. Banque Nationale de Belgique was also awarded 2 prizes – for tradition of patronage and for community philanthropy – for supporting Kazerne Dossin in Malines.
The Liege company Mithra, received the Caius prize for cultural patronage, thanks to the “Jazz à Liege” festival, and Duravit, which is a partner in the building extension at Chapelle musicale Reine Elisabeth in Waterloo, won the people’s choice award.
Promethea’s Caius prizes are awarded by an independent jury of well-known figures from the worlds of culture and the economy. The jury’s president this year was Gilles Ledure, who runs the Flagey cultural centre.