Silver Carnation awards overshadowed

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The annual awards ceremony of the Silver Carnations for people dedicated to either nature or the arts has been overshadowed by the proposed cuts to the cultural sector.

The award was set up by the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund the queen’s father’s charity. Prince Bernhard often wore a carnation in his lapel. Since her father's death in 2004, Queen Beatrix has presented the awards.

The cuts of 200 million euros to the cultural sector meant that the meeting was “not cheerful in every way” said the fund’s chairperson Alexander Rinnooy Kan. “Our duty to Dutch culture has become more important,” he added. Every year, the fund supports 3500 projects for the conservation culture and nature, it is supported by many benefactors.

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