Leading Culture Destinations Awards

Celebrating the best culture destinations worldwide

Awards Weekend Offerings

  • Ticket to LCD Awards
  • Table (6 pax, 2 museums directors)
  • Awards Art Weekend (2 nights/2 pax)
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The 2016 Awards Countdown

Celebrating Museum Best Practice Worldwide

The Leading Culture Destinations Awards recognise and celebrate the new breed of museums, galleries and cultural institutions worldwide. As new audiences for art have opened up, so the places where art has traditionally been displayed are responding with new ideas in exhibition programming, concerts and cross-cultural events, premium restaurants, high-end retail offers, work and meeting spaces – all encased in buildings designed by the world’s best architects and designers.

How it Works

The judging process for The Leading Culture Destinations Awards is carefully crafted to benefit from the informed opinion and deep insider knowledge of thought leaders and cultural innovators – people whose lives don’t separate business and pleasure, who travel widely and who are at the forefront of initiative in the cultural sector.

Our shortlist is drawn up from the nominations of the 100-plus Ambassadors, our own exhaustive research, the recommendations of the world’s leading cultural planning consultancy Lord Cultural Resources, and the choices of our Select Jury. Once the shortlist is refined to three institutions per category, the Jury casts its final vote to declare the winner in each category.

The Award Categories

This year we have made a few changes – eg our Ambassadors choose a specific exhibition rather than an overall institution – and we are also pleased to announce the inaugural Soft Power Destination Awards.  These awards recognize the cultural organizations, cities or districts that have powerful influence and impact based on their excellence, relevance, transparency, accountability and sustainability.

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The 2016 LCD Awards Campaign Trailer


1 night event in London || 4 month content campaign  ||  11 jurors  ||  15 international winners  ||  200 guests  ||  200m+ media reach


Richie Hawtin on culture and cities

Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman is an iconic DJ / performer, artist and technology pioneer. He is regarded as the leading protagonist of future thinking in electronic music. Hawtin introduces new audiences to new cultural experiences and has collaborated with a number of artistic visionaries including Anish Kapoor and Raf Simons, and performed at both the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Grand Palais in Paris.

Akala on Musicians, Museums, Education & Soft (People) Power

The musician, educator and social entrepreur has in-depth insights on the impact of education on the community, the future of museums and role of soft power to develop cities. 


New Museum Of The Year Central & South America 2016 - Museo do Amanha, Rio de Janeiro

Ricardo Piquet, the president of the Museo de Amanha (Museum of Tomorrow) about the museums accomplishments. 

Exhibition Of The Year 2016 - Axel Vervoordt, Proportio, Palazzo Fortuny

Axel Vervoordt on the collaboration with Daniela Ferretti and their 'Proportio' exhibition concept.

Culture City of the Year 2016: Quebec City

Deputy Mayor Michelle Morin-Doyle on cultural DNA of Quebec City.

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