Today, Minister of Culture Indrek Saar announced the start of the Culture Friend competition for 2018. The competition, which has been organised for many years, recognises the businesses and private individuals who have made contributions to the field of culture financially or through good works.
“The national cultural budget ensures the availability and sustainability of culture, but the greatest patron of Estonian culture is not the government, but society as a whole. During the last few years, the Culture Friend competitions have successfully highlighted forms of cooperation between the private sector, patrons and organisers of cultural activities and helped to introduce and value the support of culture,” said Minister of Culture Indrek Saar.
Candidates for the Culture Friend 2018 competition can be nominated by all organisations that are active in the cultural field. Each cultural organiser can make one proposal. 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.
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 winners of the competition will be announced at the traditional Culture Friend ceremony.
A candidate can be nominated by filling out the electronic form on the Ministry of Culture website. Organisations and people who have been nominated in previous years can also be nominated again. The deadline for nominations is 2 December 2018, and the Culture Friends gala will take place on 15 January 2019 in the Glass Hall at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds.
The Ministry of Culture has been recognising culture-friendly companies and entrepreneurs since 2012. The winners of last year’s Culture Friend competition were Utilitas and Kristjan Rahu, Rain Lõhmus (photo attached), Armin Karu, Eva and Bengt Heyman as well as Turid Farbregd.