Foreign Ministry hands out cultural awards
The awards were presented by Minister of Foreign Affairs Keit Pentus-Rosimannus at the ministry this afternoon and went to Madis Kolk, Sirje Helme and Helen Sildna.
The Foreign Ministry's cultural awards give recognition to creative people who have promoted Estonian culture internationally and have also broadened Estonian people’s world view.
This year, Madis Kolk received the award for organizing a series of concerts in China. Helen Sildna was recognized for founding and running the popular Tallinn Music Week, and Sirje Helme for her good work as the Director of the Art Museum of Estonia.
Last year, the award was given to the people behind the Estonian-Georgian co-production feature film “Tangerines”, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO), poets Kristiina Ehin and Ilmar Lehtpere, and composer Anne Erm.
The 2012 awards went to Ewert and the Two Dragons, filmmakers Ilmar Raag and Riina Sildos, actor Laine Mägi and theologian Kalle Kasemaa.
In 2011, Aivar Mäe and the creative team behind the XI Young Peoples’ Song and Dance Festival “The Wide World Begins in a Small Land” (Maa ja ilm) received the honors, including Aet Maatee, Veronika Portsmuth, Märt Agu and Raul Talmar.
In 2010, composer Arvo Pärt, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste and Black Nights film festival director Tiina Lokk were awarded the prize.