The awards ceremony for the
International Nikolai Roerich Prize
On 7 October 2008 the presentation of the International
Nikolai Roerich Prize took place in the State Hermitage. The ceremony
was conducted by Hermitage Director Mikhail Piotrovsky.
The International Nikolai Roerich Prize was inaugurated in the year of
St Petersburg’s tercentenary and has been awarded annually since then.
The main aim of the Prize is to mark outstanding examples of service to
culture and society, public acknowledgement of the unselfish labours of
true champions, for whom higher creativity and striving for the common
good have become a specific cause pursued every day, people whose activities
are capable of providing an inspirational example to the young generation
that will have to shoulder responsibility for the future of this country
and the world as a whole.
The founders of the International Nikolai Roerich Prize are St Petersburg
State University, the Worldwide Club of Petersburgers, the Museum-Institute
of the Roerich Family in St Petersburg, the St Petersburg Roerich Art
College and the Roerich Legacy international chartitable foundation. They
established the Prize’s organizing committee with representatives from
Europe, Asia and America.
The Nikolai Roerich Prize is awarded in the following categories: “artistic
creativity”, “teaching and public education” “preservation of cultural
valuables and peace-making”, “preservation of the Roerich legacy” and
“formation of Russia’s cultural image in the world”. Award-winners in
past years have included Valentina Matviyenko, Valery Gergiyev, Mikhail
Piotrovsky and Mstislav Rostropovich.
Awards are made by the decision of the organizing committee on the basis
of presentations, irrespective of the nationality, religion or social
origins of the candidates. The Prize cannot be awarded to any person more
than once. Winners are presented with a commemorative certificate, a medal
and a monetary award.
1. Artistic Creativity
V.A. Anopova (St Petersburg)
S.V. Inkov (St Petersburg)
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2. Teaching and Public Education
V.I. Axelrod (St Petersburg)
M.N. Berulav (Sochi)
N.A. Toots (Moscow)
V.I. Lipenkov (Novosibirsk)
3. Preservation of Cultural Valuables and Peace-Making
R.P. Sergiyenko (Moscow)
L.V. Fizhbin (St Petersburg)
S.V. Zhuravlev (Cheboksari)
A.S. Kuleshov (Moscow)
4. Preservation of the Roerich Legacy
S.G. Dzhur (Donetsk, Ukraine)
5. Formation of Russia’s Cultural Image in the World