Today, the government decided that the Lifetime Achievement Awards for Culture will be awarded to Rutt Hinrikus, Paul-Eerik Rummo and Toomas Rein, and the Lifetime Achievement Awards for Sport will be awarded to Kadri Liivak and Peeter Mardna. The government’s decision is based on the proposals of the Commission for National Culture Awards and the Estonian Sport Council.
The candidacy of Rutt Hinrikus, a literary scholar and collector of Estonian biographies, was submitted for the Lifetime Achievement Award for Culture by the Association of Estonian Writers' Museums, the Society of Friends of Tammsaare and Vilde, Jaan Tõnisson Society, Karl Ristikivi Society, Estonian Literary Museum, Ene Mihkelson Society and Merle Karusoo. Letters of recommendation were submitted by Tiiu Jaago, Leena Kurvet-Käosaar and Marju Lauristin on behalf of the Scientific and Administrative Council of the Estonian Literary Museum. The presenters based their support for Hinrikus’s candidacy on the fact that she initiated the collection of biographies and is the spiritual leader and soul of this activity – a memory preserver. As the result of Hinrikus’s life’s work about four thousand biographies have been added to the archives and Estonians have been given back their past, their history and memories. The application also added that Hinrikus has a profound knowledge of Estonian classical literature, and several generations of literary researchers have been able to turn to her with questions. Hinrikus has also written reviews, essays, scientific articles, forewords and done editing work.
The candidacy of the Paul-Eerik Rummo was submitted by the Estonian Writers’ Union, Tallinn City Theatre, Estonian Academy of Sciences, Under and Tuglas Literary Centre, Arvo Pärt Centre, Tallinn Literary Centre and Viivi Luik. In addition, a letter of recommendation was submitted by Urmas Sutrop. Those supporting his candidacy said that Rummo is one of our most outstanding cultural figures and our most famous poets, whose texts people can recite from memory. Of Rummo’s collections of poetry, two – Lumevalgus, lumepimedus (1966) and Saatja aadress ja teised luuletused 1968-1972 (1989) are of pivotal importance. His merits include language innovation, and expanding the boundaries of the Estonian language. In addition to poetry, Rummo has written plays and screenplays, worked productively as a translator and edited poetry collections. The play called Tuhkatriinumäng (Cinderella Game, 1969), which inspired theatrical innovation, was produced on Broadway as well as Estonia.
The candidacy of architect Toomas Rein for a lifetime achievement award was submitted by the Estonian Academy of Arts, Museum of Estonian Architecture and Estonian Association of Architects, according to whom Rein has been one of the most influential figures in Estonian architecture for decades. Rein is an example of an architect with uncompromising sense of social responsibility, whose work is focused on spatial quality. On his creative path, the modernist structures he designed for rural areas in the 1960s and 1970s are especially noteworthy. After the restoration of independence, he created various significant public objects, as well as residential buildings. Among his more than a hundred structures, the following stand out: the former kolkhoz centres in Kobela and Tsooru, the main buildings of the Paide KEK and Rapla KEK, the Kuldne Kodu residence in Pärnu, as well as kindergartens and much more. His work is a treasured part of Estonia’s architectural heritage.
The amount of each Lifetime Achievement Award for Culture is €64,000.
Five annual national culture prizes will be awarded. The recipients are Kristjan Randalu, for his outstanding creative work and active concert activities at the international level, as well as Vallo Toomla, Erik Põllumaa, Mart Kessel-Otsa and Kaie-Ene Rääk for the production of the documentary film „Marju Lepajõe. Päevade sõnad”. Annual prizes will also be awarded to Tanel Toom for his masterful work on the feature film Tõde ja õigus (Truth and Justice), Jaagup Roomet for his work as an artist on the same film, and to Tiina Lokk-Tramberg for organising the 23rd Black Nights Film Festival, which set attendance records.
The amount of the annual prize is €9,600. In the case of a creative team, the prize money will split among the participants.
The candidacy of Peeter Mardna, a former athlete, referee, sports doctor and spokesperson for sports integrity, for a Lifetime Achievement Award in Sport was submitted by the Estonian Rowing Federation, Estonia Antidoping, Estonian Cyclists Union, Estonian Athletic Association and the Estonian Medical Association. It is said Mardna’s life and activities have transcended a single field of activity or sport, since his name is recognised by everyone in the Estonian sport and medical communities. Mardna has been the personal mentor for many athletes who are active today. In addition, Mardna has vigorously contributed to civil society, and helped found and headed up many professional organisations and associations.
The candidacy of Kadri Liivak, a rhythmic gymnast, trainer and sports activist, for a Lifetime Achievement Award was submitted by the Estonian Gymnastics Federation. Those supporting her candidacy highlighted her long-term work in the development and advocacy on behalf of Estonian gymnastics, as well as her contribution to the training of gymnastics coaches and the establishment of a professional qualification system. During almost half a century, she has actively promoted not only gymnastics, but all sports life in Estonia. The federation adds that thanks to her purposeful work, the popularity of gymnastics has increased, and today gymnastics is the number sport one when it comes to the total number of participating athletes.
The amount of each Lifetime Achievement Award for Sport is €40 000.
The annual prizes for sport will be awarded to Magnus Kirt, for his silver medal in the javelin throw at the World Championships and trophy in the Diamond League, as well as to free-style skier Kelly Sildaru for a gold medal in the World Championships, two gold medals in the Junior Championships, and gold, silver and bronze medals in the X-Games. An annual sports prize will also be awarded to Andrei Ojamets for taking the Estonian women’s volleyball team to the European World Championships and for the win by the Tartu Bigbank volleyball team in the Credit24 Champions League. Merike Kull will be awarded a prize for the promotion of exercise as the head of the University of Tartu’s Lab for Recreational Sports, and for the Liikuma Kutsuv Kool (Exercise-Promoting School) programme being selected as the best of its kind in Europe. The annual prize will also be awarded to Maicel Uibo for his silver medal in the decathlon at the World Championships, and to the Estonian water sports team for their excellent achievements in 2019.
The amount of each annual prize is €9,600. In the case of a sports team, the prize money will split among the participants.
The national culture and sports prizes, along with the science prizes and the Ferdinand Johann Wiedemann Language Prize, will be awarded on February 23rd, the eve of Estonian Independence Day, in the hall of the Estonian Academy of Sciences.