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The Polar Music Prize is an international music prize celebrating the power and importance of music.

Polar Music Prize

THANK YOU!

See all the photos and behind the scenes footages from this week on Flickr, Facebook & Instagram. See you next year!

Metallica and Dr Ahmad Sarmast and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music received the 2018 Polar Music Prize from the hands of H.M King Carl XVI Gustaf on June 14, 2018.

See more photos, videos and behind the scenes footage from the ceremony and banquet at Grand Hôtel on Flickr, Youtube, Instagram and Facebook. A huge thank you goes to our Laureates, guests, crew and especially the performing artists and musicians who made this evening very special and unique!

Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo (Metallica) with the Polar Music Prize statuette.
Dr Ahmad Sarmast with the Polar Music Prize statuette, Aryana Sayeed who read the citation for ANIM to the right.

Live, onstage interviews held at Polar Talks at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm on June 13, 2018.

Dr Ahmad Sarmast, founder of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) was interviewed by Swedish journalist and Afghanistan expert Lasse Bengtsson.

Lars Ulrich, drummer and founding member of Metallica, was interviewed by Jan Gradvall.

POLAR TALKS & POLAR TECH 2018

Polar Talks and Polar Tech 2018 at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

On stage: Dr Ahmad Sarmast, Lars Ulrich, co-founder of Metallica,  Ashish J ThakkarSophia Bendz, Josephine Forsman, Lisa Lindström, Anna Ryott and many more. Read more about the 2018 program here.

PREVIOUS YEARS

Revisit the past Polar Music Prize ceremonies, Polar Talks and other festivities by exploring our photo albums on Flickr and our Youtube channel.

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