With the Helsinki-Uusimaa Award, the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council wants to offer a reward with the themes Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development. This time the reward is given for activities furthering cooperation, culture and an ecologically more sustainable way of life in the region. Anyone can bring forward a suggestion until 15 August 2023. 5,000 euros are given to support the work of the rewarded person, community, organisation, company or municipality.
The Award is given as an acknowledgement for activities to further a more sustainable way of life by using methods of cultural heritage. Helsinki-Uusimaa is a region of meetings and interaction, and the winner is chosen for open-minded ways to act in the world of culture, business and organisations. Resourcefulness, courage and cooperation are triumphs.
– In Helsinki-Uusimaa, culture as such, and combined with a living cultural heritage is connecting people in an important way. It is possible to strengthen the input and wellbeing of regional inhabitants by knowing the shared, various and versatile culture heritage, and by furthering and bringing it forward, says Ms Katriina Rosavaara, Cultural Adviser at the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council.
What is Cultural Heritage?
Cultural heritage is born with human activities, in interaction with the environment.
It tells us about the change of values, beliefs, skills and traditions. It can be material, immaterial or digital. It is restored, reshaped and transferred to new generations.
Heritage living in time is in progress and shows diversity. It consists of activities, skills and stories creating the spirit of community and wellbeing. Living and immaterial cultural heritage are for instance mead for May Day, karaoke, sour dough baking, innovations furthering sustainable future and nature skills. Buildings, the use of landscapes and public art are examples of material cultural heritage. Different applications and platforms, mobile games and discussions forums on the net can be seen as digital heritage.
Suggest Award Winner!
Suggestions for the Helsinki-Uusimaa Award Winner can be sent until 15 August 2023 with the following electronic website form. This time the reward has the themes Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development. Anyone can bring forward a suggestion. We wish for an informal, well-reasoned and concise expression. Find out about the Award criteria below.
- You can bring forward your suggestion from 12 April to 15 August 2023. Please use the web form. Estimations will be done for the achievements during the last years.
- The Award can be given to a person, community, organisation company or municipality.
- This time the reward has the themes Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development. Prerequisites for the Award are the winner’s activities furthering regional development, improving life quality or enriching local identity.
- New methods in everyday life, at work, at hobbies or organisational activities are appreciated. Inventiveness and courage are trump cards. Party-political activities cannot be an Award reason.
- Apart from the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council, jury members come from the University of Helsinki, the regional editorial team at YLE (Finnish public service media company), KULTA ry (Central Organization for Finnish Culture and Arts Associations), SOSTE ry (Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health), The Finnish Heritage Agency, the Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
- The Award is a diploma, and 5,000 euros are given to support the work of the winner. The Award is given for the next calendar year, so the winner is entitled to use the acknowledgement in its communication during the entire year to follow.
Rewarded in November
The winner will be rewarded at the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Annual Parliament in November 2023, attended by hundreds of decision makers and experts.
Apart from the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council, the jury members come from the University of Helsinki, the regional editorial team at YLE (Finnish public service media company), KULTA ry (Central Organization for Finnish Culture and Arts Associations), SOSTE ry (Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health), The Finnish Heritage Agency, the Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
The Helsinki-Uusimaa Award goes back to 1982. Author Eeva Joenpelto was the first to be rewarded and last time Hanna Yli-Tepsa and Johanna Almark were given the Award for rising the awareness of climate change with their music.
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