Baltic Assembly prizewinners announced

The Baltic Assembly Prize in the Arts has been awarded to Estonian artist Peeter Laurits for his outstanding and diverse artistic work and the project ‘Biotopia’, according to a release from the Estonian parliament October 6.

'Biotopia' is a series of conferences and art events initiated by Laurits in 2021 with the aim of creating symbiotic contacts between scientists and artists. Head of the Estonian delegation to the Baltic Assembly Timo Suslov said: “Peeter Laurits is not only a leading photographic artist and a highly versatile creative personality, but also a remarkable social thinker whose activities have made a major contribution to the introduction of new paradigms and the expansion of creative expression.”

The Baltic Assembly Prize in Literature was awarded to Lithuanian translator and poet Antanas A. Jonynas for his collection of poems “Naujieji sonetai”.

The Prize in Science was awarded to Latvian musicologist Arnolds Laimonis Klotiņš for his monographs on music and creative life in post-war Stalinist Latvia and the Latvian music life in exile in Europe during the same period.

The Baltic Assembly Prize consists of a cash prize, a certificate and a statuette, which are presented every year at the Baltic Assembly session. This year, the Prize Awarding Ceremony will be held during the 42nd Session of the Baltic Assembly, on November 23 in Tallinn, Estonia.

The members of the Joint Jury (pictured) of the BA Prizes were artists and experts from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia: Karl Martin Sinijärv, Elin Kard, Anu Noorma, Donata Mitaitė, Petras Skirmantas, Valdemaras Razumas, Ilze Jansone, Orests Silabriedis and Valdis Muktupāvels.

The Baltic Assembly has been awarding the Prizes in literature, the arts and science since 1994. The aim of the prizes is to promote the development of these fields in the Baltic States.

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