Wiersema wins Annie MG Schmidt prize

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The winning entry by cabaret artist Dorine Wiersema makes fun of author Heleen van Royen.

AMSTERDAM – The annual Annie MG Schmidt prize has been won by the cabaret artist Dorine Wiersema.

Wiersema’s Naughty Heleen (Stoute Heleen), which pokes fun of author Heleen van Royen was considered by the jury as the best cabaret number of 2008.

Jury said the song was 'biting and funny' and the melody was very appropriate.

The Annie MG Schmidt prize, s a joint initiative of Buma Cultuur and the Amsterdams Kleinkunst Festival promoting cabaret and comedy, consists of EUR 3,500 and a statuette of the most famous 20th-century Dutch writer.

Annie MG Schmidt is best known for her children’s literature such as Jip and Janneke. The author, who died in 1995, also wrote is a variety of poems, songs, musicals, radio and television drama.

The winning entry is very much “in the spirit of Annie MG Schmidt”, said Culture Minister Ronald Plasterk who handed the prize to Wiersema.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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