European Border Breaker Awards honour European debut artists in TV-show at EuroSonic NoorderslagFestival, Groningen (NL)

The 2009 European Border Breaker Awards (EBBA's) were presented in a spectacular TV-show on the opening night of the EuroSonic Noorderslag Festival in Groningen (the Netherlands), in the presence of European Commissioner Ján Figel', numerous VIP’s and 1200 visitors. The awards show, which featured live performances by five of the ten award winning acts and by special guests Gabriel Rios and the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, will be broadcast throughout Europe.

In making these awards, the European Commission, in cooperation with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), rewards debut artists' and groups' who have successfully crossed national borders. At the same time the prizes highlight and promote the richness and diversity of European music, its creativity and its contribution to innovation.

''The winning artists, and the dynamic teams behind them, demonstrate the magnificent blend of creativity, talent and business know-how in Europe'', says Ján Figel', the European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth. ''The cultural sector, including the music industry, is an important generator of new jobs and turnover, and the EU must work to ensure that this continues by boosting the potential of Europe's creative industries. One of the ways of doing this is to link creativity and innovation to business acumen and entrepreneurship, as these EBBA awards show.''

The awards ceremony will be broadcast by Dutch national television (NOS) on Saturday 17 January from 20:15 CET. The show will receive European coverage through the EBU broadcasting network of European television and radio stations.

Presented by the well-known UK TV personality Jools Holland, the show featured the performance of five of the ten award winning acts: Lykke Li (SE), Cinema Bizarre (DE), Kraak & Smaak (NL), Ida Corr (DK) and AaRON (FR), as well as from some special guests: former EBBA winner Gabriel Rios (B), who performed his hit song ‘Broad Daylight’, and the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

This year's winners of a European Border Breakers Award are:

Adele (UK) - “19”
Alphabeat (DK) – “Alphabeat”
AaRON (FR) – “Artificial Animals Riding on Neverland”
Cinema Bizarre (DE) – “Final Attraction”
The Dø (FR) – “A Mouthful”
Kraak & Smaak (NL) – “Boogie Angst”
Ida Corr (DK) – “One”
Lykke Li (SE) – “Youth Novels”
The Script (IRL) – “The Script”
The Ting Tings (UK) – “We Started Nothing”

The European Border Breakers Awards highlight the need to open up the European market to European creativity and to stimulate the mobility of artists and their work within Europe and beyond. IMPALA are one of the founding partners of the Eropean Border Breaker Awards.They are funded through the EU Culture Programme, which also funds the European Union Contemporary Architecture Prize, the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage and the forthcoming European Union Prize for Literature.