Lifetime stipends awarded to 23 cultural figures

The State Culture Capital Foundation (VKKF) has awarded lifelong stipends to 23 outstanding cultural and artistic workers for their lifelong contribution to the development of culture and art, the VKKF has announced.

From January 2022, VKKF lifetime stipends will be awarded to: Romualds Pipars (pictured), Anita Uzulniece, Rūta Celma Kello, Jānis Radiņš, Vilnis Līdaka, Antons Rancāns, Vera Vāvere, Guntars Godiņš, Māris Rungulis, Jēkabs Ozoliņš, Zita Errsa, Ligita Viduleja, Maija Svarinska, Inta Kalniņa, Leonīds Lencs, Ruta Cibule, Baiba Šuvcāne, Ināra Kalnarāja, Egils Rozenbergs, Uldis Briedis, Helēna Heinrihsone, Kārlis Lācis, Helga Ingeborga Melnbārde.

From January 2022, the lifelong stipend will amount to €185 per month in addition to pensions and other income and is tax-free. It will be paid by the VKKF from its budget allocation.

VKKF lifelong stipends have been awarded since 1999 and announced once a year. There were 81 applicants for the 2021 round.

The aim of the State Culture Capital Foundation is to promote a balanced development of creativity in all the branches of art and preservation of the cultural heritage in the country in conjunction with the guidelines of the state cultural policy. The VKKF does not deal with any commercial activities.

The VKKF announces and administers culture projects’ competitions and gives financial support to short-term educational, creative or scientific travels abroad.

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