At the first edition of the Echo Culture Awards in Paris last April 18, Chaumet celebrated women in diverse realms who are promoting culture. Held at the Philanthro-Lab de Paris, the awards ceremony welcomed members of the jury and friends of the Maison. These awards support women whose front-line engagement is essential to nurturing culture in all its forms.
The first edition of the Echo Culture Awards, hosted by actress Sandrine Kiberlain, saw four women honored for their cultural and artistic projects, selected from among 151 candidates. The first category prize went to the Paris Mozart Orchestra founded by Claire Gibault. The association works to bring music to a broad public through a range of programs, including masterclasses, events at schools, as well as solidarity outreach in prisons, nursing homes and psychiatric hospitals. The prize in the second category was won by La Caravana Obscura, a project led by Lolita Bourdet which introduces people to photography thanks to a mobile trailer that has been transformed into a film development laboratory. A project called Jeunes Prodiges, which encourages young people aged 12 to 16 to pursue their passion for writing – right up to the publication and sale of their books – was the winner of the prize in the third category. The jury, comprising François Alu, Ingrid Brochard, Mercedes Erra, Cédric Fauq, Loïc Yviquel and Chaumet president Jean-Marc Mansvelt, also awarded a Special Encouragement Prize to the Transplantation project led by Amandine Nana. This arts library, exhibition and workshop space is specialized in artistic creations by members of diasporas.
The grants received by the winners — €50,000 for the first category — will enable the talented project leaders to develop their initiatives and continue to support culture and solidarity.