VILNIUS - The Lithuanian and Latvian Foreign Ministries have issued a call for nominations for the Balts' Award 2022.
The winner will be announced in September or October and the award will be presented by the Lithuanian and Latvian foreign ministers at a ceremony in Latvia.
The award is given annually "to recognize the excellence and achievements related to individual contribution and accomplishment in promotion of Lithuanian-Latvian and Latvian-Lithuanian translations, teaching and enhancing the use of Lithuanian and Latvian languages, research on the Lithuanian and Latvian tangible and intangible cultural and historic heritage, as well as investigative journalism on Lithuanian and Latvian history, culture and tourism".
The Balts' Award is open to natural and legal persons. June 30 is the deadline for submitting nominations for the award, according to the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry.
The Balts' Award is a 3,000-euro prize that will be contributed in equal parts by the Lithuanian and Latvian Foreign Ministries. The jury is made up of representatives from the two ministries, and experts in linguistics, literature and history.
The first Balts' Award was presented to Professor Laimute Balode, a linguist, in 2018, when Lithuania and Latvia celebrated their centenaries.
Subsequent winners of the award were Alvydas Butkus (2019), Alberts Sarkanis (2020) and Regina Kvasyte (2021).