The Leading Culture Destinations Awards (LCDA) returns for a fourth consecutive year. From institutions to emerging locations, the award celebrates exhibitions, architecture, retail and restaurants, as well art influenced hotels and cities. Cultural organisations, metropolises or districts are also recognised based on their excellence, accountability and sustainability. Categories include Best Museum Architecture, Best Digital Museum, New Museums of the Year, Soft Power Destinations, Emerging City of the Year and new for 2017, the Climate Smart Award.
In anticipation of the awards ceremony in September, the Leading Culture Destinations Awards reveals its 2017 jury. Architect Andrea Morgante; Art Consultant, Mon Muellerschoen; Creative Director at David Collins, Simon Rawlins; CEO of Design Hotels, Claus Sendlinger; CEO Each x Other, Jenny Mannerheim; musician Petite Meller; and BAFTA nominated filmmaker Greta Bellamancina all join this year’s judging panel and will be responsible for selecting the winners of LCDA’s 17 categories.
A separate jury will team up with travel industry expert and Director of the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, Dr Tom Selanniemi, to decide upon the winner of the inaugural Climate Smart Award. The prize will be given to a museum or large scale public art project that has made a significant educational contribution to the fight against climate change. All 17 winners will be revealed at a formal ceremony on Friday 29 September at The Trafalgar St. James, London.
In 2016, the LCDA recognised Tate Modern Switch House, London; The Broad, Los Angeles; and Museu do Amanha, Rio de Janeiro as nominees for the Museum Architecture of the Year, while the Rijkmuseum, Amsterdam; Brooklyn Museum ASK app; and the Museum of Feelings were all selected for the Best Digital Museum. Los Angeles, Lyon and Quebec City were all listed as Culture City of the Year.
Florian Wupperfeld, co-founder of Leading Culture Destinations, comments: “The Awards are about shining a light on the museums that are making a vital contribution to the international cultural panorama. They are considered in view of their visionary approach and offering; from iconic architecture to audacious programming and management structures. Long gone are the times where museums were just places of cultural pilgrimage. Museums have transformed into the smart social hubs of the 21 century and a key driver for tourism as a whole.”
The 2017 nominees will be revealed closer to the awards ceremony. Keep up to date: www.lcdawards.com.
1. Museu do Amanha, Rio de Janeiro.