They include film director Algimantas Puipa, opera singer Asmik Grigorian, Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte ir Lina Lapelyte, the authors of the Lithuanian pavilion at the Vienna Biennale, composer Zita Bruzaite and actor Viktorija Kuodyte.

The awards honor significant culture and achievements by Lithuanian creators and those representing the Lithuanian World Community over the past seven years, as well as works of art, crated over the course of life.

The financial award amounts to 800 basic social payments, or 30,400 euros. The awards will be bestowed on the Day of Restoration of the State of Lithuania.