Rabat – The Norwegian Arts Council has awarded its 2017 Prize of Honor to Miloud Guiderk, a Moroccan artist, for his significant contribution to Norwegian art and culture, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). “Miloud Guiderk received the Honorary Award for his commitment and authentic work in the field as a concert organizer for more than 40 years,” the Arts Council of Norway said on its website.This NOK 600,000 prize has been awarded annually since 1968 to people residing in the Scandinavian kingdom. The winners receive the award for their contributions to the development of art and culture in Norway. “The contribution of Guiderk is a driving force that has deeply marked Norwegian cultural life,” said Tone Hanse, President of the Council. She continued that Guiderk is a pioneer in his field, adding that he “made great strides in this direction through his undeniable efforts.”Guiderk told MAP he was “surprised by the award”, which represents “recognition” of the efforts he has been making for many years in order to promote the development of art and culture. Guiderk was born in Casablanca in 1947 and worked as pantomime as a part-time job. The artist has been working as a concert organizer for more than 40 years.