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Creators of history programme “Ajavaod” win Foreign Ministry Culture Awards

10. January 2018 - 16:37

Today, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser presented the Foreign Ministry’s 2017 Culture Awards to Mati Talvik, Renita Timak and Indrek Kangur, the creators of Estonian Public Broadcasting’s history programme “Ajavaod”, for maintaining historical memory.


“Our national identity consists of common memories which we might not personally remember but are part of our identity nevertheless. On the one hand, these memories make us unique. On the other hand, the memories make us understand that we are part of a bigger common cultural area and international community,” Foreign Minister Mikser said. “This identity could not exist if there were no people to keep the memories alive and share them to new generations,” he added.


“As Foreign Ministry celebrated the 100th anniversary of Estonian diplomacy in September 2017 and this year, Estonia celebrates its 100th anniversary, we look back and recognise our predecessors,” Foreign Minister Mikser noted. “This year, when Foreign Ministry celebrates its centenary, the ministry has decided to recognise those who maintain historical memory and remind us of historical events,” Mikser added.


Estonian Public Broadcasting’s series “Ajavaod” portrays people who played important role in the history of Estonia, including many diplomats. The programme has introduced the lives of Aleksander Warma, Oskar Kallas, Kaarel Robert Pusta and a number of other diplomats.


Foreign Ministry’s Culture Award was first presented in January 2010 and this year is the ninth time the ministry presents the award. Last year, Chair of Estonian Association of Designers Ilona Gurjanova and founder of the KOKO architects Andrus Kõresaar received the Foreign Ministry’s Culture Awards.

Photographs: flic.kr/s/aHskAaaf1p

Additional information:
Sandra Kamilova
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Communication Department
press@mfa.ee
(+372) 56675362

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