The 2023 Congress was the occasion to recognize the essential role and impact that key figures in the cultural management and policy field play. Lluís Bonet, Professor and Director of the Cultural Management Programme at the University of Barcelona, was awarded the 2023 ENCATC Award for Outstanding Contribution. Prof. Bonet, a longstanding educator and researcher with a solid history in cultural projects, was honoured for his exceptional scholarship and his remarkable achievements in cultural management and policy, which make him a transformational leader and a central figure in the international cultural arena.
In his Keynote speech, the 2023 Laureate addressed the topic of innovation in cultural management. He particularly stressed the importance of vision and risk-taking among cultural leaders, and the need to sustain management education in the cultural sector, ensuring that innovation is concrete, valuable and cooperative.
The ENCATC Award for Outstanding Contribution to cultural management, education, research, and policy is a biennial accolade established in 2019 to celebrate the Network's twenty-fifth anniversary. It represents the highest expression of recognition to exceptional achievements in developing and sustaining innovative and consistent approaches that contribute to positive changes in cultural education, research, management and policy.