OREANDA-NEWS. Telenor’s Culture Prize is given annually to performing artists or organisations that have made an extraordinary contribution within culture in Scandinavia, but who also are established internationally.

This year’s winner, Deeyah Khan, is an acclaimed music producer and Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary film director. Her work for women’s rights, freedom of expression and increased cultural understanding has made her to a demanded speaker. Deeyah Khan is also the founder of the media company Fuuse.

“The jury awards Telenor’s Culture Prize “Boundless communication” to Deeyah Khan this year because she has a wide international reach which touches on some of the most important themes of our own times.” says Ingrid Kindem, leader of the jury.

“We congratulate Deeyah Khan as this year’s winner of Telenor’s Culture Prize. She has established herself as a brave voice, and through her artistic work she has contributed to bring forward voices of the misunderstood or the ignored. She has also helped establish arenas for dialogue across and within cultures,” says Telenor’s President and CEO Sigve Brekke.

“I am very thankful to receive this recognition by Telenor which reinforces my commitment to the importance of inter-cultural communication. I will use the prize to further the work I do in Norway and internationally through my media company Fuuse which puts women, people from minorities and third culture kids at the heart of telling their own stories,” says prize winner Deeyah Khan.

The prize of 500 000 NOK will be presented and the winner will be celebrated during a gala performance in Oslo Konserthus (Oslo Concert Hall) Monday on 19 September.