International Peace Prize Dresden Prize

Award ceremony on 27 June 2021

Winner 2021: Cristina Marín Campos (Spain)

Photos: Juan Carlos Rojas

Ticket sales expected from 16 June 2021

In view of the easing Corona situation, the event can take place in front of an audience at the Semperoper Dresden. Nevertheless, the space available will be limited due to the distance and hygiene regulations that continue to apply. Advance ticket sales – ticket price 5 euros – are expected to take place from 16 June 2021 and probably only online at www.semperoper.de. The current Saxon Corona Protection Ordinance applies to attendance at the event. The Semperoper asks that you note the current information on advance booking and hygiene regulations at semperoper.de.

“I wanted to make the situation a little more human for the sick”

32-year-old Cristina Marin Campos, a doctor at the Hospital Universitario de La Princesa in Madrid, has done far more than her medical duty.  When the first wave of the pandemic hit Spain particularly hard in spring 2020, her hospital was also overcrowded with Covid-19 patients.   The doctor quickly realised that the patients in the wards, which were sealed off from the outside world, suffered particularly from isolation. As late as March, she therefore called on the Spanish population via the social media to send letters to the patients. “I wanted to make the situation more humane for the patients, to give them encouragement,” she explains her action.

However, she had not expected such a big response. On the first day alone, 35 000 letters were received. They came from all sections of the Spanish population. Many children wrote, as did residents of old people’s homes. Even prisoners took part in the campaign. And all the letters had a similar message: “Hold on, you are not alone.

Gerhart Baum, honorary member of the association “Friends of Dresden Germany” and former Federal Minister of the Interior, honoured the young doctor’s commitment:

“In times like these, we need humane gestures like those of Cristina Marin Campos. They give us courage. And it is impressive how a country like Spain, which is much more affected by the pandemic and also by the measures taken against it than Germany, shows solidarity and compassion. In view of this, it must be felt as particularly shameful that nowhere else in the world are there so many demonstrations against the corona measures as in Germany. Which is exactly what is missing: solidarity and compassion.”

Beate Spiegel, Managing Director of the Klaus Tschira Foundation adds: “The Corona crisis has shown us how important the commitment of individuals is for the cohesion of society. Alongside scientific research and medical art, human compassion is simply an essential factor in healing. With a spontaneous idea, Ms Marin Campos has brought hope to those suffering from the pandemic and can be a model for all of us who should ask ourselves how we can bring joy to others in these times.  The prize for her is also an expression of European solidarity in the Corona crisis”.

Artists like René Pape honour deceased medical professionals

According to official estimates, more than 100,000 doctors and nurses worldwide have died of COVID-19 in the course of their work. Five of these fates will be commemorated by five musicians of different genres on behalf of all the victims of the pandemic. In addition to opera star René Pape, the Sicilian singer-songwriter Etta Scollo, the British street musician Geraint John Jones, the Dutch opera singer Martin-Jan Nijhof, ensemble member of the Semperoper Dresden, and the accordion player Valentin Butt, who comes from St. Petersburg, will tell these stories and create the musical programme in memory of the victims and for all the families affected.

Hanna Schygulla reads from letters to Covid patients

If Hanna Schygulla had only made this one film with “The Marriage of Maria Braun”, she would have become a legend with it alone. But of course the actress and singer did much more. Apart from Fassbinder, she has shot with Andrzej Wajda, Wim Wenders and Jean-Luc Godard, among others.  She is unforgettable as Willie Butterberg in the film “Lilly Marleen”.  For the role of Susanne Staub in Fatin Akin’s “On the Other Side” she was the first German actress to win the prestigious US National Society of Film Critics Award in 2008.

During the presentation of the Dresden Prize 2021, Hanna Schygulla will read from letters that Spaniards have sent to Covid patients isolated in hospitals.