On Sunday, 15th of February 2015, the results from the 3rd edition of the annual X Awards were announced during the award show at Darklands in Antwerp, Belgium.
The X Awards are an initiative of Leather Pride Belgium and handed out annually, since 2013, to people, enterprises and organisations who have made a valuable contribution to the European leather & fetish community over the past year. This way, the organisation hopes to encourage winners and inspire others to keep working at an even better fetish life. A jury drafted the list of nominees after the general public voted for the winner through www.x-awards.com between January 15th and February 1st, 2015. According to the organisation close to 3000 votes were sent in this year.
This year the X Awards were co-produced by The LeatherHistory.eu Foundation. The award show on Sunday was presented by Arnaud, Mr Leather Europe 2014 and Pieter Claeys, president of The LeatherHistory.eu Foundation. Jury members and special guest presenter Daniel Dumont, Secretary of the ECMC, presented the nominees and announced the winners on stage.
These are the winners of the 2015 X Awards:
Fetish Event of the Year
Amsterdam Fetish Pride
“Amsterdam Fetish Pride is a fairly new event on the scene. With a good combination of fun, social and educational events, the event deserves recognition for trying hard to bring more life back to Amsterdam’s fetish scene with parties and events such as the Mr Leather Amsterdam contest.” – www.amsterdamfetishpride.com
Fetish Venue of the Year
The Eagle, Amsterdam
“A bar with a history attached to its name, a club that contributed heavily to revive the fetish spirit in the city. For its reopening, the bar got a successful revamp and under new management of Michael Roks the bar takes initiative in organizing and hosting fun, social and educational events for the its visitors. Last year it was also the venue for the Mr Rubber NL and Mr Leather Amsterdam contests and celebrated its 35th anniversary.” – www.theeagleamsterdam.com
Fetish DJ of the Year
“Brazilian dj Rafa Nunes lives in Paris and is resident dj for Revelation in Brussels and has played at various fetish in Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark. He is a fetishist at heart with allegedly the best fetish tattoos.” – DJ Rafa Nunes on Facebook
Organisation of the Year
Club of Amsterdam Leather Men (C.A.L.M.)
“Club of Amsterdam Leather Men aka CALM is a young club hosting bi-monthly Socials with a different theme each time. The club was founded to give dutch leathermen a new reason to “Keep CALM and Wear Leather!” and meet eachother in a relaxed friendly fetish atmosphere.” – C.A.L.M. on Facebook
Man of the Year
“Tyrone Röntganger, Mr Leather Berlin 2013 and German Mr Leather 2014, isn’t just an active member in the Berlin fetish community, apart from his own projects and his work for BLF he is also heavily involved with Berliner Aids-Hilfe. As a titleholder he created a lot of visibility for the community and contributed to various fetish events. He is also the first German Mr Leather with African roots.” – Tyrone Röntganger on Facebook
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