Participation in the organization and holding the award ceremony of the International Prize “Baltic Star”

Participation in the organization and holding the award ceremony of the International Prize “Baltic Star”

The international award "Baltic Star" given for development and strengthening of cultural contacts in the countries of the Baltic region was instituted in 2004 by Ministry of Culture of the RF, the Union of Theatre Workers of the Russian Federation, the Saint-Petersburg Culture Committee, the World Club of  Saint-Petersburg citizens, the Centre of National Glory and the Foundation "Baltic International Festival Centre". The award marks the merits of workers of art and culture, representatives of creative community and official and business circles who establish and develop cultural connections between the countries, who strengthen friendship and mutual understanding between nations, and for development of humanitarian cooperation.

The decision about the "Baltic Star" Award is made by the Board of Trustees which includes: Vice-President of the Centre of National Glory Zalina Grigoryevna Medoyeva, Chairman of Russian Public Organization "Union of Theatre Workers of the Russian Federation" Alexander A. Kalyagin, Director of the State Hermitage Mikhail B. Piotrovsky.

Throughout the years of this prestigious award many European workers of art and culture as well as representatives of creative community, political and public elite circles became its winners. In 2006 in the nomination "For supporting culture" Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Centre of National Glory and the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called Vladimir I. Yakunin was awarded the prize.

In different years leading cultural, public and state workers not only from the Baltic countries but from all over the world were the winners of the award: Director General of the State Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky, film directors Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi, Aki Kaurismäki, Alexander Sokurov; actors Barbara Brylska, Donatas Banionis, Juozas Budraitis, Daniel Olbrychski; theatre directors Lev Dodin, Eimuntas Nekrošius, Valery Fokin; composers Rodion Schedrin, Arvo Pärt, Krzysztof Penderecki, Raimonds Pauls; conductors Valery Gergiyev, Yury Temirkanov, Eri Klas, Mariss Jansons, Saulius Sondeckis; poets and writers Tomas Venclova, Daniil Granin, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Alexander Kushner; ballet-master John Neumeier, violin player Gidons Krēmer, singer Edyta Piecha, ballet dancer Maya Plisetskaya, political figures Mikhail Shvydkoy and Valentina Matviyenko.