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The President's Cultural Foundation awarded a prize

The Board of the President's Cultural Foundation decided to award this year's Young Artist Prize to Jan Kaus.

Jan Kaus, an author, translator and art critic belonging to the younger generation, earned this recognition as an opinion leader engaged in a broad range of interdisciplinary activities. On top of that, the Cultural Foundation’s Board highlighted him for being an outstanding bearer and modernizer of our national culture.

Jan Kaus has published books of both prose and poetry, and also translations from English and Finnish. In the near future, his collection of stories and essays will be published, and he is about to start translating into Estonian "The History of Cinematographic Art" by Peter von Bagh. The prizewinner has actively propagated Estonian literature abroad, edited Estonian newer poetry for an English collection entitled "Five Hours Away" and also for literary almanacs in Norwegian and Swedish. The hobbies of Jan Kaus are painting and illustrating books.

In his creative activities, Jan Kaus has been connected with the weekly "Sirp", Estonian Academy of Arts, Writers' Union, Union of Film Journalists, and Information Office of the Nordic Council of Ministers. In 2001, he won the Critics' Prize of the literary magazine "Looming".

Office of the President
Kadriorg, May 23, 2003

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