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Minister of Culture presents development and media prizes in field of integration


Today, 6 May, in the winter garden of the Estonia National Opera, Minister of Culture Indrek Saar presented nine development and media awards to the people behind the most outstanding projects of 2014.

“There’s nothing like working together and face-to-face contact when it comes to supporting integration,” Saar said. “And that’s what we’re looking to support – people talking to one another and helping each other understand the cultural diversity that forms such an important part of Estonia’s cultural space. As the saying goes, one good turn deserves another: raising awareness of cultural diversity shapes our common values and contributes to open and inclusive attitudes in society, so here today we’re recognising and thanking our partners for what they’ve done to this end, and also promoting their efforts to a wider audience.”

This year marks the 16th time that the Integration and Migration Foundation and the Ministry of Culture have presented the development and media awards. A total of 53 nominations were received for this year’s competition. The Minister of Culture presented nine prizes valued at 1000 euros each, six of which were development awards and three of which were media awards. Letters of thanks were also issued to all of the nominees.

18 nominations were received for the media awards. This year’s three winners are Pavel Ivanov, the host of the Kuku Radio show Kirillitsas Eesti /Cyrillic Estonia/; Ivan Pavljutškov, the director of the short film Ivani päev /Ivan’s Day/; and poet and essayist Igor Kotjuh, who was awarded the prize for his championing of the Читательский четверг /Literary Thursday/ series of events of the portal, the Uued Pilved /New Clouds/ webzine and a Facebook literary blog and for publishing a large number of articles.

11 nominations were received in the ‘Promotion of the cultures of the different nationalities living in Estonia and preservation of cultural traditions’ category of the development award. Those recognised were Studio Joy in Valga for its organisation of the activities of national minority cultural collectives and intercultural events; and the Narva-based non-profit organisation Stuudioteater Ilmarine for its production of Eduard Vilde’s Domovoi/Pisuhänd /Firetail/. 18 nominations were received in the ‘Joint activities supporting integration’ category. This year’s recipients are the non-profit organisation Veeda Vaheaega Võrumaal (‘Spend the School Holidays in Võru County’) for its family-based “Let’s speak Estonian” language learning project; and the Pille Lill Music Fund for its ‘Muusikalilled’ /Music Flowers/ project aimed at popularising choral music. Five nominations were received in the ‘Joint activities organised by and for young people in support of integration’ category. The prizes were awarded to the non-profit organisation Noored Ühiskonna Heaks (‘Youth for Society’) for its organisation of the TEDx Lasnamäe conference; and the non-profit organisation Linnalabor (‘Urban Laboratory’) for its project ‘The Lasnamäe idea – activating residents of Soviet-era apartment blocks’.

The Integration Foundation has been awarding the development prizes since 1999, while the media prizes were first presented in 2009. The awards are financed from the state budget via the Ministry of Culture.

For further information please contact:

Natalja Kitam
Area manager for media
Integration and Migration Foundation
Telephone: +372 659 9061