The Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung, instated by the state of Berlin, promotes culture and science and awards, among other things, both the renowned Berlin Literature Prize and the Berlin Theater Prize as well as, alternating this year, the Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge Prize for unconventional art education.
The 2022 Berlin Literature Prize, that goes along with an appointment to the visiting professorship for German-language poetry at Freie Universität Berlin, will be awarded in person by the Governing Mayor of Berlin at a ceremony at Rotes Rathaus on March 30, 2022.
Laureates include Lukas Bärfuss (2013), Durs Grünbein (2006), Herta Müller (2005), Marion Poschmann (2018), Monika Rink (2021), Clemens J. Setz (2019), and Feridun Zaimoglu (2016).
The 2022 Berlin Prize for Literature will be awarded to author Steffen Mensching.
The Berlin Theater Prize is an annual part of the Berlin Theatertreffen at Haus der Berliner Festspiele and is ceremoniously presented by Berlin’s Governing Mayor.
Laureates include Pina Bausch (1997), Frank Castorf (2000), Bruno Ganz (2001), Sandra Hüller (2020), Elfride Jelinek (2002), Heiner Müller (1996), Sophie Rois (2012), She She Pop (2019), Botho Strauß (1993) and George Tabori (1988).
The Berlin Theater Prize2022 is awarded to theater maker and artistic director of Kampnagel in Hamburg, Amelie Deuflhard.
The award ceremony of the Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge Prize for Unconventional Art Education takes place bianually at the Berlinische Galerie. The prize honors personalities who, as artists or as instigators of art, have placed their lives in the service of culture and who, in terms of content and form, have decisively enriched artistic creation in the German-speaking world in a way that does not follow the well-worn tracks.
Among the laureates are Matthias Flügge (1994), Steffen Schleiermachen (2019) or Peter Weibel (2009).
This year, the winner of the Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge Prize for unconventional art education is actor and essayist Hanns Zischler.