Maria Farantouri was awarded this year’s Liber Press Song, who nabbed the international Spanish prize “for her unparalleled voice and interpretation, her offer and her dedication to singing.” The award ceremony will be held today at the Girona city Congress, in Catalonia.

The award’s rationale points out how “Maria Farantouri always combines the strength of her own positions, with the beauty of poetry, participating in the struggles for democracy, liberty, and human rights”. It also makes note of several highlights in her artistic course, inextricably linked to the work of the great Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis.

Established in 1999 in Catalonia, the Liber Press Song Prize aims to reward the people of letters, the arts, and the press, those who contribute to the solidarity and understanding between people, to the freedom of expression, and the encouragement of critical thinking.

Greek artists previously awarded the prize include Kostas Gavras and Petros Markaris.