This year’s scrap medal “Pannekopp” from the Ruhr area goes to the Green politician Claudia Roth. The Minister of State for Culture will receive the unloved “award” for her motto “no cultural fuss in the district,” said the organizers of the alternative carnival session “Geierabend” on Tuesday in Dortmund. This is a complaint that the planned German Photo Institute is not to be located in Essen, but “in the always pampered state capital Düsseldorf”. The 28-kilo lump of rust is awarded by the anarcho-carnivalists for “special” services to the Ruhr area.

In November, Roth announced the decision to establish the German Photo Institute. A spokesman for the politician emphasized that all sides had opted for Düsseldorf as a location. A commission of experts led by the former Minister of State for Culture, Monika Grütters (CDU), had previously spoken out in favor of Essen, and a feasibility study had also recommended the city in the Revier. The mayor there, Thomas Kufen (CDU), reported after the decision of “great disappointment in Essen and the region”.

At the satirical “Geierabend” sessions, the audience had voted in the 28 events of this session, and it was also possible to vote online up to Monday on Monday who should be given the “Pannekopp” in 2023. Roth or the musician brothers Tom and Bill Kaulitz had previously been determined as candidates. In 2018, the then Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet (CDU), received the anti-medal – for his plan to bring Olympia to the area.