Estonian Cultural Counsellor in Paris Kersti Kirs Receives French Order of Arts and Letters


Nr 382-E
24 October 2012

On Tuesday, 23 October, General Inspector of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and French curator of the cultural festival “Estonie Tonique”  Benoît Paumier presented the French Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) to cultural counsellor of the Estonian Embassy Kersti Kirs in a ceremony at the Estonian Embassy in Paris.

Kersti Kirs, who has worked at the embassy in Paris as a cultural counsellor since 2007 and served as Estonia's representative to UNESCO, earned the high honour from the state of France for her involvement in the Estonian cultural festival “Estonie Tonique” that took place in Paris and the surrounding areas in October and November 2011.

The order is recognition for Kersti Kirs's contribution to developing France-Estonia cultural ties. In his speech after presenting the medal, Benoît Paumier thanked Kersti Kirs for her dedication and work in organising and carrying out the Estonian festival as well as for her earlier efforts to introduce French culture, especially music, in Estonia.

Following the Estonian cultural festival “Estonie Tonique”, French Orders of Arts and Letters have also been awarded to composer Helena Tulve, artistic director of the singing group Vox Clamantis Jaan-Eik Tulve, film director Ilmar Raag, director Lembit Peterson, and the festival's Estonian co-ordinator, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture Ragnar Siil.


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