Foreign Ministries of Latvia and Lithuania announce contest for Balts' Award

  • 2019-04-01
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The Foreign Ministries of Latvia and Lithuania have announced the annual contest for the Balts’ Award 2019, LETA was told at the Latvian Foreign Ministry.

The aim of the Balts’ Award is to recognize the excellence and achievements related to individual contribution and accomplishment in promotion of Latvian-Lithuanian and Lithuanian-Latvian translations, teaching and enhancing the use of Latvian and Lithuanian languages, research on the Latvian and Lithuanian tangible and intangible cultural and historical heritage, as well as investigative journalism on Latvian and Lithuanian history, culture and tourism, the ministry said.

In accordance with the Regulation on the Balts’ Award, persons and institutions that have contributed to the aforementioned areas can be nominated for the prize.

The Balts’ Award of EUR 3,000 is presented annually, with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Lithuania each providing an equal contribution to the prize fund. The Jury of the Award consists of representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Lithuania as well as independent language, literature and history experts from both countries.

The first Balts’ Award was symbolically presented in 2018 when Latvia and Lithuania celebrated their Centenaries. The first Balts’ Award has been granted to the professor and linguist Laimute Balode for her outstanding achievement in exploring, fostering and strengthening the Balts heritage.

This year, the deadline for nominations is May 31.