On Monday, January 15th, Minister of Culture Indrek Saar announced the start of the Culture Friend 2017 competition. As always, private individuals, institutions, companies and organisations will be honoured who have made a financial contribution or supported activities in the cultural field.
According to Minister of Culture Indrek Saar, the Culture Friend competitions of the past few years have confirmed that there is close cooperation between companies and organisers of cultural events which benefits both parties. “During the year, it has been repeatedly asked which projects and whom the state should support in the cultural field. That’s why we are more than happy about the socially-motivated entrepreneurs and patrons who find that culture is the common field that we all cultivate together. The state totally acknowledges, supports and mediates the establishment of good collaborative relations,” the minister added.
Candidates can be nominated by all organisations involved in the cultural field, and, as an innovation, every cultural organiser can also make one proposal for recognition. The candidates for recognition cannot be the Ministry of Culture or the agencies in its area of government, their employees or the projects they have organised. Other state agencies and the organisations established by the state itself will also not be considered. Read more about the competition rules here.
To make a nomination, the electronic form on the Ministry of Culture website must be filled out. Organisations and people that have been nominated in previous years can be nominated again. Nominations can be made until 4 February 2018.
The Culture Friends will be chosen from among the candidates, and three main prizes, i.e. Culture Friends of the Year, will be awarded. The Minister of Culture Indrek Saar will announce the winners of the competition at the traditional Culture Friend ceremony on 7 March 2018 at the Maarjamäe Palace Estonian History Museum.
The Ministry of Culture has been recognising culture-friendly companies and entrepreneurs since 2012. Last year, the Culture Friend of the Year title went to AS DNB Pank and Nordea Bank AB, the newspaper Postimees and Aare Kaarma. The list of previous Culture Friend award recipients is available here.
Attached is a photo of the Undefined Useful Object, designed by Kärt Ojavee, which is the traditional award given to the Culture Friends of the Year.