The SpringAward is awarded to a person or institution whom the panel believes is a role model for innovation and renewal in children’s theatre. The SpringAward is awarded to someone who inspire and rethink the ways of making theatre.

The SpringAward was first presented at SpringFestival 2007 by the then Minister of Culture, Brian Mikkelsen. The award is 10.000 DKK and an artwork.

Former winners

2021 The theatre company Live Art Danmark was awarded for their way of challenge their audience.

2019 Puppeteer Bjarne Kalhøj was awarded for his way to search for new expressions, development and interaction with others in the Danish puppet and object theater environment.






2016 Stephanie Thomasen was awarded for her way of mixing street dance with modern dance and for showing that females also belong in the world of street dance which is dominated by men.






2014 Forsøgsstationen won the prestigious award on the basis of the free experiment.






2012 Aaben Dans in Roskilde received the SpringAward on the basis of their dance festival SWOPfestival, a festival that addressed people of all ages.







2009 Bø, a newspaper for children, as they were able to gather and strengthen all activities within children’s theatre.






2007 It was awarded to Kulturprinsen and Viborg Municipality because of their way of thinking and making children’s theatre and for having the guts to accomplish it.






The SpringAward 2021 was given by the following jury members

Biba Schwoon
Dramaturg and former board member at ZeBU

Maria Suh
Project Coordinator at Lyngby Taarbæk and former festival director at Horsens Teaterfestival

Henrik Køhler
Director of Teatercentrum

Trine Wøldiche
Cultural journalist and theater critic

Betina Rex
Playwright, reviewer and producer

Marc van der Velden
Artistic Director for Springfestival 2021