Hamburg: SchlauFox wins The Tulip!

March 3rd, 2011

On March 31, the Hamburger Tulpe was awarded to SchlauFox for its contribution to raising intercultural awareness and outstanding commitment to education and the children and young people of Hamburg.

Look for a full story on SchlauFox’s achievement in next month’s newsletter. For now enjoy the energy at the awards ceremony.

Intercultural encounters are part of everyday life in today’s cities – in neighbourhoods and city events, on the sports field, in youth centres, at the workplace, in schools and kindergartens. However, moving from co-existence to a shared sense of community based on mutual respect, intercultural understanding and the transformative “we-feeling” can be harder to achieve. It helps to have great examples to learn from.

The award is called the Tulip for a good reason. It was chosen because the tulip “itself is an immigrant and is perfectly integrated,” as the Foundation puts it. The first tulip bulbs were brought to Western Europe from the Ottoman Empire about 450 years ago in the luggage of early European ambassadors.

Since 1999, the annual Hamburg Tulip prize has recognized community leaders and projects that are making positive contributions to multi-ethnic diversity in Hamburg. The annual award of 10,000 € helps ensure the sustainability of this work – and inspires others to follow their example. The patron of the Hamburg Tulip is the President of the Hamburg Parliament, Dr. Lutz Mohaupt.

Inspired by the Hamburg Tulip, the Berlin Tulip for German-Turkish community spirit was inaugurated by the Körber Foundation’s in 2006 (annual award of 10,000 €). Klaus Wowereit, the Mayor of Berlin, is the Patron.

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