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Yesterday, and for the first time ever, the Natércia Campos Award 2011 was awarded. This award aims to distinguish the professional activity of a cultural producer working in Portugal every two years. The Jury decided to award the prize to Cláudia Regina and, at the same time, to give public recognition to the work of producer Natxo Checa.

Who is Cláudia Regina? A young woman born in Angola in 1974. She has a degree in Production Design from ESMAE in Porto and a BA in Theatre/Production from ESTC – Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema de Lisboa. He has collaborated, among others, with the Teatro dos Aloés, Companhia de Teatro de Almada, Teatro alla Scala (Milan, Italy), Teatro Meridional and Filipe Crawford Produções Teatrais.

She was the creator of the current management format of the project COMÉDIAS DO MINHO, designing the marketing plan that is the basis of the company’s identity and that was developed from the perspective of offering a variety of theatrical languages to an audience that only accesses the shows of this company and the real involvement of the community with the theatrical activity. Between September 2004 and July 2006, she was the Production Director and Manager of this project.

Founded BACKGROUND spp. in June 2008, a project that intends to represent a pillar of sustainability and support for the development of different artistic structures.

The Jury also wanted to award a Special Recognition to the work of the producer NATXO CHECA, responsible for the creation and management of the ZDB project – Associação Zé dos Bois, in Lisbon.

ZDB was created in 1994, with the aim of promoting contemporary creation, production, research and laboratory, and the diffusion of artistic objects in different areas. His action has been focused on accompanied creation, through residencies; as well as through in-depth relationships with numerous creators.

It has an extensive and regular curriculum as a multivalent platform for interfacing, creating, and producing, crossing visual arts, dance, theatre, music, and their intersections.

Since 1997 in Galeria Zé dos Bois, in the centre of Bairro Alto, ZDB has asserted itself as an essential, outward-looking cultural hub, in which one can highlight: The quality of the creation, production, curation and presentation of Visual Arts exhibitions; The implementation of the BUSINESS with residencies, co-productions and regular programming; The affirmation in the cultural fabric of the country of ZDBmüzique; And all the action of the Educational Service (particularly that directed to the surroundings).

To both winners our congratulations.