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Recognition for outstanding contributions to integration


The Integration and Migration Foundation has today recognised the most outstanding developers of the field of integration in 2015. Two development prizes and two media prizes were awarded, and for the first time a grand prix for the most important single contribution to the field. This award went to the Estonian Open Air Museum. All of the prizes were presented by Minister of Culture Indrek Saar.

“We’re enriched by the people who live here who come from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and by such a diverse society,” the minister said. “The recipients of this year’s prizes have all contributed in their own way to raising people’s awareness of diversity as a value and thereby to the development of a tolerant and open Estonia. We’re very happy to recognise them and thank them for that contribution.”

One of the media prizes was awarded to the Estonian National Broadcaster’s Vikerraadio host and editor Haldi Normet-Saarna for the series Ma elan siin /I Live Here/, which talks about people of different nationalities who have settled in Estonia. The other media prize went to the ETV series Meie inimesed /Our People/, which depicts one person living in Estonia in each episode. The series focuses on hope, can-do attitudes and coping with everything life throws at you.

The prize in the ‘Promotion of the cultures of the different nationalities living in Estonia and preservation of cultural traditions’ category of the development award went to the Estonian Open Air Museum for its creation of the Centre of multicultural Estonia. Whereas previously the museum exhibited solely Estonian farm architecture, it now also showcases the culture, history and art of national minorities with the opening of a Setu farm from the village of Lõkova and a  Peipsi-Russian home from the town of Kallaste. The Open Air Museum also garnered the grand prix for establishing the centre.

The prize in the ‘Joint activities supporting integration’ category of the development award went to the TEDxNarva Creative Economy Centre in Ida-Viru County for its organisation of a conference last October at Narva College of the University of Tartu. The focus of the event, which was the second TEDxNarva conference to be held, was technology and people’s relationship to it. The goal of the team behind the event was to arrange an inspirational, multicultural conference that would bring together experts in their field and anyone else interested, whatever their linguistic background or level of prominence.

A total of 23 nominations were received for this year’s awards. Five 1000-euro prizes were presented to the winners, who also received a letter of recognition.

The Integration and Migration Foundation has been awarding the development prizes since 1999, while the media prizes were first presented in 2009. The awarding of the prizes is supported by the Ministry of Culture.

For further information please contact:

Ann Asser
Head of Communications, Integration Foundation
Telephone: + 372 659 9039