The Aurora Award will be offered once a year by  Aurora Music. The aim of this prize is to take an active stand for human and democratic rights. The prize is given to a person or organization who by his/her actions take a stand for human and democratic rights, for a free and tolerant world. Aurora Music is convinced that music has a universal power that must be used for good, where human freedom can be expressed in mind and spirit. The several annual Aurora Festivals are an international meeting place where audiences and communities meet leading artists from 5 continents. During the festivals, a series of Aurora Talks presents open public conversations where the power of music, its potential and responsibility are subjects for discussion and debate.

The world-famous Norwegian flutist Cecilie Løken was the first to receive the Aurora Music Award. The award was given at the Aurora Winter

Festival in Trollhättan, in a crowded auditorium, with some of classical music’s greatest stars onstage.

Cecilie Løken says:
I am really happy and proud to win this award. It shows that our help is really appreciated andmight inspire others. The money will be invested in my organization, Röda Hjärtat (Red Heart), where I know it will be useful to people in need.

Cecilie Løken is a humanist and artist.
She combines these two great qualities as a gift to mankind.
In an era of suffering she uses her strengths and her gifts to give people on the run a better life.
By reaching out to the weary in the waters around the beaches of Lesbos.
By gathering her fellow musicians to form a help network.
By using her musical achievements to collect funds to take action.

By founding the aid organisation The Red Heart as a basis for her work.
By using her music to build contacts and communities with new-comers to the Nordic countries.
By using her music to tear down borders between individuals and cultures.
By tirelessly living her belief that to shelter a person in need is to shelter a sister or a brother.
Cecilie Løken is, in the warmest meaning of the expression, a fellow human being, who contributes to a better life for humankind.
Cecilie shows in her works that a person can make a great difference through their actions.
Cecile Løken laureate and performer Februray 2o16