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The President of the Republic to hand over folklore prizes

The President of the Republic will hand over the President's Folklore Prize for the year 2005 on Monday, February 20, at 4 pm, at the Estonian Literary Museum in Tartu.

Laureates of the 2005 Folklore Prize are Jüri Metssalu and Tiit Birkan. Jüri Metssalu, a student of Tartu University, initiated and organised the collection and study of local traditions from his home neighbourhood in Raplamaa. The most significant part of his work is the collection of old traditions, including folklore material and material related to local history and people.

Tiit Birkan, a long-time correspondent of Estonian Folklore Archives, has since 1981 sent to the archives more than 750 pages of handwritten manuscript material encompassing a great variety of folklore: proverbs, proverbial phrases, myths, descriptions of folk customs and beliefs, as well as children’s rhymes. The collections of Tiit Birkan attract attention with high level of creativeness and give evidence of good knowledge of subject matter.

The President's Folklore Prize is an annual monetary award given to persons who have made significant contributions to the Estonian Folklore Archives. The prize was founded already in 1935 as a Head of State Award. The prize was reinstated in 1993 with the support of the President’s Cultural Foundation and the first prize was awarded in 1994.

This year the folklore prize, donated by the President’s Cultural Foundation, amounts 16000 kroons, which will be divided between the two laureates

Public Relations Department of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, February 17, 2006

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