The event was attended by representatives of the arts, historical and heritage preservation, business and philanthropy, including attendees from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). The SNF had received the Hadrian Award in 2016.
This year, for the first time, the 2018 World Monuments Watch was announced at the gala, a call for international action for cultural heritage sites at risk around the globe.
The World Monuments Fund is the leading independent organization dedicated to saving the world’s most treasured places. Founded in 1965, it is dedicated to the preservation of culturally and historically significant architecture and sites around the world. WMF acts as a catalyst, identifying sites in need of preservation and working, in cooperation with local communities and preservation authorities, to secure international sponsorship for necessary intervention.
The SNF has supported the WMF for restoration work on the Ancient Messene archaeological site in Greece, and the preservation of cultural heritage sites in Yangon, Burma, in addition to general support.
To read about the Hadrian Award, click here.