Tonight, the Baltic Assembly awards ceremony was held in honour of the winners of the Baltic Assembly Prizes for Literature, Arts and Science, as well as the Baltic Innovation Prize. Public figures who have promoted the cooperation between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and those who share their ideals were awarded the Baltic Assembly medals.
President of the Baltic Assembly Timo Suslov said in his speech at the ceremony held in the Concert Hall of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre that today we celebrated our unity, the relations between us and our support for each other. “We have the honour to congratulate the people who have defended the free world and our common values, and who have promoted cooperation in the fields of culture and science as well as elsewhere. Our gratitude and praise to these remarkable people is best expressed through the motto on the medal – ‘Where there is unity, there is victory’,” he said.
President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Lauri Hussar also delivered a speech at the ceremony. “One of today’s prize-winners Peeter Laurits has said that the role of the artist is to help create the world, in the same way as all other beings and non-beings create the world. Anyone who does what they do very well or excellently, participates in the creation of the world to a greater extent. This is also true for scientists, and everyone else,” Hussar said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to come together and celebrate this contribution together in these times of war and uncertainty,” he added.
The Baltic Assembly Prize in the Arts was awarded to Estonian artist Peeter Laurits for his outstanding and diverse artistic work and the project ‘Biotoopia’. Biotoopia is a series of conferences and art events initiated by Laurits in 2021 with the aim of creating symbiotic contacts between scientists and artists. On this occasion, Peeter Laurits’ personal exhibition ‘Biotoopia – the Parliament of Life Forms’ was also opened at the Riigikogu.
The Baltic Assembly Prize in Literature was awarded to Lithuanian translator and poet Antanas A. Jonynas for his collection of sonnets “Naujieji sonetai” (“New Sonnets”) The Prize in Science was awarded to Latvian musicologist Arnolds Laimonis Klotiņš for his monographs on music and creative life in post-war Stalinist Latvia and the Latvian music life in exile in Europe during the same period.
The Baltic Assembly Innovation Prize was awarded to the Estonian technology company GScan OÜ.
At the ceremony, the medals of the Baltic Assembly were also presented. The BA medals are awarded for promoting the cooperation of the Baltic States and those who support their ideals. This year, Estonia nominated former Head of the Estonian Delegation to the BA Urve Tiidus, Director of the Department of North and Central Europe of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Evelin Krõlov and teacher of the Estonian School in Riga Aiva Plauča for the BA medals. Lithuania nominated for the BA medals President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, member of the Lithuanian Delegation to the BA and member of the Presidium of the BA Orinta Leiputė and member of the BA Delegation Linas Slušnys. Latvia nominated for the BA medals Secretary-General of the Benelux Parliament Christine Bogaert, poet and translator Gundars Godiņš and former head of the CERN Baltic Group Toms Torims.
The Baltic Assembly has been awarding the Prizes in literature, the arts and science since 1994. The aim of the prizes is to promote the development of these fields in the Baltic States. The Prize consists of a monetary prize, a certificate and a statuette.
Tomorrow, the representatives and the Speakers of the Baltic parliaments, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Baltic States will come together in the Riigikogu for the 42nd Session of the Baltic Assembly and the 29th Baltic Council. At 1 p.m., a press conference will be held in the White Hall of the Riigikogu, where it will be possible to pose questions to the heads of delegations and the foreign ministers of the Baltic States.
Photos of the ceremony (Erik Peinar. The photos will be uploaded with a delay.)