Foreign Ministry Recognizes Artists Who Put Estonia on World Map in 2013 ({{commentsTotal}})

The Foreign Ministry has given out its annual crop of awards to the Estonian cultural figures who it said did the most to advance Estonia's image abroad and expand the horizons of people in Estonia.

"Tangerines," a Georgian-Estonian co-production that broke local box office records when it debuted in Tbilisi, opened to critical praise in Estonia and has garnered numerous awards at international film festivals, picked up the Foreign Ministry's accolade at the ceremony on Monday.

The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, which went on a successful concert tour of the US, also won an award. Over three weeks, the orchestra performed 15 concerts in eight states, with a raft of positive reviews.

The third award winner was poet Kristiina Ehin, translations of whose works have reached British and American readers. Her collection "1,001 Winters" was nominated for the British Poetry Society's Popescu Prize.

Anne Erm, a jazz promoter who turned 70 last year, also earned recognition from the Foreign Ministry for her efforts in bringing quality jazz to the country.