Meeting of the Joint Jury of the Baltic Assembly Prizes for Literature, the Arts and Science

The Baltic Assembly Joint Jury meeting will be held on 11 October 2019 in Riga. During the meeting, members of the Joint Jury will assess the works nominated for the Prizes and decide the awarding of them.

Among the Jury members there are highly acknowledged artists and experts from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania - Inga Žolude, Orests Silabriedis, Gunita Zariņa, Triin Soone, Piret Tibbo- Hudgins, Marika Mänd, Vytautas Martinkus, Ramute Rachlevičiūte and Valdemaras Razumas.

The aim of the Prize is to support outstanding achievements in literature, the arts and science; demonstrate the common interests of the countries in this region in upholding of their national identity and self-esteem; create an opportunity to learn about the achievements of the neighbouring countries; maintain a continuous interest among the people in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania about developments in the Baltic States; strengthen cooperation among the Baltic States in the fields of literature, the arts and science; encourage more and more people to become interested in the intellectual values and languages of the Baltic nations; and raise the level of literature, the arts and science in the Baltic States.

The Prize consists of a monetary prize, a certificate and a statuette, which are awarded annually during the Session of the Baltic Assembly.

Nominees for the Baltic Assembly Prize in 2019:

In Literature:

Andris Akmentiņš (Latvia), writer, nominated for his novel “Skolotāji” [Teachers] (Dienas Grāmata, 2018)

Leelo Tungal (Estonia), writer, nominated for her autobiographic trilogy “Comrade Kid” (Tänapäev, 2018), with a special emphasis on the last book of the series “A Woman’s Touch” (Tänapäev, 2018), where Stalin’s era is depicted through the eyes of a child

Kristina Sabaliauskaitė (Lithuania), PhD in History of Art, writer, nominated for her well-placed, visual and sensual prose, multi-layered and dense with cultural references, engaging and spiked with irony, exceptional, breath-taking and innovative in many ways

In the Arts:

Normunds Šnē (Latvia), conductor, nominated for the performance at the concert in honour of 100-year anniversary of the Baltic states in the prominent Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm's Berwaldhallenon August 28, 2018, with Sinfonietta Rīga and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra

Martti Helde (Estonia), writer-director, nominated for his feature film “Scandinavian silence”, in which aspects of silence and reservedness of human psychology are explored and new generation film-director’s unconventional approach forces the viewers to think along and truly engage in watching

Gražina Arlickaitė (Lithuania), nominated for her cultural achievements, professionalism and unique way of representing, reflecting on, analysing, and distributing the newest and the best Baltic and Nordic films

In Science:

Arnolds Laimonis Klotiņš (Latvia), musicologist, nominated for his monograph Music in Post-war Stalinism: Latvian Music Life and Creativity 1944-1953 (Riga: ILFA UL, 2018)

Anne Luik (Estonia), Life sciences, nominated for her inspiring dedication and outstanding scientific-organisational, educational and promotional work in the development of organic farming, environment-friendly plant protection and organic production not only in Estonia, but also in the whole Baltic region

Jūras Banys (Lithuania), nominated for his outstanding contribution to research and innovations in ferroelectricity and phase transition as well as his devout leadership and professional scientific achievements

Baltic Assembly Prizes awarded in 2018:

In Literature - Gundega Repše from Latvia for the idea and concept of the historical novel series “Us. Latvia. XX century”, the curating of the publication of 13 novels in the series, as well as for the novel “Bogene” as one of the novels in the series

In the Arts - Jurgita Dronina from Lithuania for her impressive performances on the greatest stages of the world

In Science - Els Heinsalu from Estonia for her significant contribution in the theory of complex systems and stochastic processes