Winners of National Culture And Art Prizes have been announced


2020 12 07


On Monday, the winners of the 2020 National Culture and Art Prizes have been announced. The prize was awarded to writer Saulius Tomas Kondrotas for the world without limitations in literature, to cinematographer Jonas Vitoldas Tomaševičius for the poetic heights of Lithuanian film imagery, to actress Regina Šaltenytė for consistent mastery of the art of acting, to musicologist Rūta Stanevičiūtė for the vision of the modernisation of musical culture and for the openness of critical thought, to architect Gintaras Balčytis for architecture which is open to the city and the people, and to artist Eglė Ridikaitė for the promotion of cultural heritage in modern painting.

According to the interim Minister of Culture Mindaugas Kvietkauskas, during this difficult time, the National Culture and Art Prizes are not just a mark of recognition but also a message of hope. “It is a glimmer of hope that the creative work, strength and creativity of the people in culture can overcome all difficult circumstances and move forward. I applaud the winners and wish them and all people of culture in Lithuania a lot of strength, health, and creativity”, Kvietkauskas said.


The chairman of the Commission of the Lithuanian National Culture and Art Prizes, film director Audrius Stonys, thanked the commission members for their difficult work in selecting the winners. Commission members included architect Audrius Ambrasas, actor Vladas Bagdonas, philosopher Jonas Dagys, composer Giedrius Kuprevičius, musicologist Jūratė Katinaitė, writer Danutė Kalinauskaitė, visual art creator Artūras Raila, theatrologist Ramunė Marcinkevičiūtė, literary scholar Jūratė Sprindytė, and art historian Jūratė Tutlytė.

This year the Commission of the Lithuanian National Culture and Art Prizes evaluated the activities conducted in the field of culture and art by 45 candidates proposed by the public and, from this list, first selected twelve nominees to receive the prizes.

The Lithuanian National Culture and Art Prizes recognise the most significant works of culture and art that were created by creators in Lithuania or by the expatriate community over the last 7 years as well as their lifelong work. 

The annually awarded prizes amount to 800 times the size of the basic social benefit. The diplomas and insignia of the winners of the Lithuanian National Culture and Art Prizes are awarded on the occasion of the Restoration of the State Day in Lithuania.

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