The Franz Josef Strauß prize was awarded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation to Reiner Kunze in 2015. The 81-year-old was honoured for his services to German literature in Germany. This makes the first time that the renowned prize was awarded to a writer.
The prize has been presented to 'outstanding figures from the worlds of politics, business, science, art and culture' who have made a special contribution to peace, freedom, justice and democracy. Former Federal Minister Theo Waigel gave the speech honouring the winner of the 10,000-Euro prize. The keynote speech was delivered by Horst Seehofer, CSU Chairman and Prime Minister of Bavaria.
The event was held in the Imperial Hall of the Munich Residence. The renowned award ceremony with 500 invited guests was broadcast live on TV by the Bavarian broadcasting company Bayerischer Rundfunk.
Brähler Convention was responsible for the public address system in the Imperial Hall as well as the foyer and provided commentator booths for Bayerischer Rundfunk.