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Ilona Gurjanova and Andrus Kõresaar received the Foreign Ministry Culture Awards

4. January 2017 - 15:46

Today, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser presented the Foreign Ministry’s 2016 Culture Awards to the Chair of Estonian Association of Designers Ilona Gurjanova and founder of the KOKO architects Andrus Kõresaar.

According to Foreign Minister Mikser, culture plays a great role in improving a country’s reputation. “Positive groundwork laid through culture makes cooperation in other fields easier, therefore we greatly appreciate the creative people's contribution to introducing Estonia abroad,” Sven Mikser said.

Foreign Minister recognised the Chair of the Estonian Association of Designers Ilona Gurjanova who initiated the Association to put together a travelling exhibition “Size Doesn’t Matter” that introduces Estonian design. With the help of Estonian foreign missions, the exhibition that includes both designer pieces and industrial products, has been displayed in Belgium, Austria, the UK, Italy, Sweden and France.

Foreign Ministry’s Culture Award was also awarded to Andrus Kõresaar who is a curator of an exhibition “Conversion in Estonian Contemporary Architecture”. The photo exhibition put together in 2013 introduces the most exciting and internationally recognised buildings of Estonian contemporary architecture. In collaboration with foreign missions, the exhibition has travelled to the UK, Finland, the US, Canada, Poland, Hungary, Russia and France.

Foreign Ministry’s Culture Award was first presented in January 2010 and this year is the eight time the ministry presents the award. Last year, the awards were received by composer Veljo Tormis and organiser of the Obinitsa Finno-Ugric capital of culture Aare Hõrn.


Additional information:

Armo Vask
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Communication Department
(+372) 637 7618
(+372) 5666 8581

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