Restoration of Henrik Visnapuu Award
At its annual meeting in November, the Estonian American National Council decided to restore the Henrik Visnapuu Literature and Culture Award, founded in the U.S. in 1952 after Visnapuu’s death on Long Island and discontinued due to the loss of organizing parties in 2007. Visnapuu was a well-known patriotic poet and dramatist. The award will be presented on the anniversary of Visnapuu’s birth, January 2, every two years.
Vikerraadio to Report on Activities of Global Estonians
As part of the weekend morning program, “Hajala ringvaade” (rough translation: Area of Disperment Review) will be broadcast on Estonian Public Broadcasting’s Vikerraadio, reflecting goings-on in compatriot communities around the globe. The first installment of the series will air on the morning of January 10 local time and be available on the station’s website (vikerraadio.err.ee).
Six Estonian Tennis Players in WTA Rankings
As of this past week, there are now six Estonians in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) world singles’ rankings, with 19-year-old Helena Narmont joining the list. The top Estonian is still Anett Kontaveit, currently ranked 23rd in the world. Kaia Kanepi is at 93. Elena Malõgina and Katriin Saar are also ranked in the top-1000, with Malõgina 562nd and Saar 979th. Maria Lota Kaul is at 1255 and Helena Narmont at 1281.
Christmas Spruces Face Chipper or Fire Sculptures
Christmas tree collection points opened in all districts of Tallinn as of January 6. Spruces and firs in the capital are to be cut into wood chips and recycled or used to produce green energy. Pärnu is set to organize its traditional fire sculpture of Christmas trees, while the annual fire sculpture event in Tartu has been cancelled due to the coronavirus threat.