MUCH MORE THAN A PRIZE
The Prize Association also organizes concurrent events, or participates in others involving the Prize subjects, such as scientific and cultural conferences, seminars, debates, exhibitions and publications. It also cooperates with other important associations working in the same field, including the Giuseppe Mazzotti Foundation for the Veneto Civilisation, Giovanni Comisso Literary Prize, Giovanni Angelini Foundation (Centre for Studies relating to Mountains) and Bioforest, a non-profit association for environmental regeneration.
To widen the appeal of the Prize and draw attention to its aims, the Association has set up a project called Contemporary Mazzotti, to organise an annual event on a theme close to its interests. The first event was a conference held in the mountain town of Asiago on 21-22 September 2019 on the subject of Climate Change. Attended by prestigious guest speakers who gave a detailed picture of the global effects of climate change, the conference was also presented at the popular Pordenone Book Fair. The conference proceedings have been published and were to be officially presented to high school and university students in May, now postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. We are hopeful that we can find a date before the end of 2020.
Another event, due to take place in May 2020, was also suspended because of the measures to combat the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. This is an annual appointment with World Book and Copyright Day, for which the Veneto Regional government organises a ‘reading marathon’ involving different towns, schools and associations, including the Gambrinus Giuseppe Mazzotti Prize. The theme this year is ‘Travelling to explore Veneto’, perfectly within the scope of our Prize, which has been awarded to important writers on the subject, including Freya Stark, Luis Sepulveda, Tiziano Terzani, Giuseppe Cederna, Mirella Tenderini, to name just a few.
The Prize Association awards an occasional Honoris Causa to a person or organisation whose work and commitment in one of the areas covered by the Prize has achieved distinction. The latest Honoris Causa was awarded in 2019 to famed mountaineers and writers, Nives Meroi and her husband Romano Benet for their work to promote alpine style mountaineering, climbing all the eight thousanders without the aid of oxygen, Sherpas or fixed base camps. The couple also received the 2019 WOP award at the Bilbao Mendi Film Festival, for defending and transmitting the social values of mountaineering.