The International Elevate Award is a commendation for people and their projects, who are actively working for social, ecological and/or economical justice and the improvement of the life circumstances of people and mother nature.
Characterized by innovation and an orientation on the environmental and cultural commons of our planet, this positive award should be a recognition of initiatives, which can present an effectful output. Since this award carries "Elevate" in its name, it should only be given to projects, which have not yet received comparable other international recognitions or decorations.
The International Elevate Award should celebrate and combine human creativity and critical thinking - elevate, support and deliver just that extra little bit of attention: To those, who tirelessly work in the field of commons-oriented activism for the common good; To set an example that it is well worth to get engaged.
An international Jury Community voted for the winning project in an online voting session. The winning project is invited to receive the award at the awards ceremony on October 26th in Graz.
Winner 2014: Cryptocat (Canada)
- presented by Radio FM4
The Elevate Artivism Award will be given to an Austrian artist or artist group, who engages in sociopolitical issues and is actively working for positive and sustainable change. In the spirit of the Elevate Festival (combining contemporary music and political discourse), this award should encourage artists to engage in activism.
Bands, artists, groups and initiatives (all art forms) were nominated in a public call for nominees (April to June 2014). The Elevate team and FM4 chose five finalists out of 17 nominations.
This award is presented in cooperation with Radio FM4. The top five contestants will be presented by FM4 and voted on in the public voting phase on this website from October 1-15 2014.
- presented by Kleine Zeitung & ORF Steiermark
This Elevate Award has a local focus on the Austrian state of Styria (Steiermark). While sharing the same values and criteria as the International Elevate Award, this award has a clear local/regional focus.
After the public call for nominees (April to June 2014, 27 projects nominated) the winner out of the top five contestants will be chosen by the audiences of Kleine Zeitung and ORF Steiermark in October 2014. There will be an online voting process, held at the website of Kleine Zeitung and HERE on the Elevate Website from October 1st until October 15th.
This award initiative has the support of the Franz Voves, the governor of the state of Styria, as well as the culture department of the city of Graz.