The Awards ceremony of the Onassis International Prizes at the Athens Concert Hall in 2006

View from the Awards Ceremony of the Onassis International Prizes at the Athens Concert Hall in 2006


Onassis International Prizes

In 1978, the Foundation established the first International Prizes program, according to the goals set forth by Aristotle Onassis for the awarding of International Prizes, as they are described in his handwritten will.

From then until today, the prizes have gone through three successive phases. During the first phase (1978-1997) prizes were awarded to prominent individuals or organizations, whose services in the fields of culture, social achievement and the environment, that are of vital interest in the Foundation's agenda, were deemed valuable.

During the second phase, the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation awarded international prizes for the composition of original theatrical plays, choreography and music for dance and visual arts, through international competitions.

During both phases, important laureates have received the prize, such as Jacqueline de Romilly, Βoutros Boutros Galli, Valery Giscard d' Estaing, and many more, who remember and honour the prize.

Wishing to respond to current challenges, the Onassis Foundation went to redesigning the International Prizes in 2007, focusing on contemporary issues, such as the environment, economy and immigration, among others. During this third phase, the Foundation:

• aims to the promotion and wider spread of Greek culture, in the belief that it is the cornerstone of global humanitarian heritage.

• seeks partnership with organizations and institutions of international repute, for the establishment and awarding of prizes, while all applications are examined by International Committees

• awards prizes in a clear international orientation, which aim to recognize and promote the action of individuals or institutions that are in need of the recognition and monetary award

• strengthens areas that are not adequately covered by existing institutions globally or acts complementary to them

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