Culture managers Hans-Conrad Walter and Eva Nieuweboer rolled out the first Cultural Brands Award contest in 2006. Its 12th year – 2018 – marks the presentation of the 13th award. It is considered the most important award in the culture market. A panel of experts comprising 39 judges bestows the award upon winners representing culture services, investors and tourism regions from all over Europe in seven contest categories. The Aurica® trophy, which is presented in all categories for the third time next year, is a symbol for the excellence, attractiveness and openness of the European culture market and synonymous with the valuable brokerage work done by European culture providers and the outstanding advocacy of European culture investors.