2nd Swiss Ambassador's Award

Article, 15.12.2021

To pay tribute to the heritage and to promote the work of contemporary partners who perpetuate the century-old tradition of Swiss-Russian relationships, the Embassy of Switzerland in Russia has launched the Swiss Ambassador’s Award in Russia (SAAR) in 2020. The 2nd Swiss Ambassador's Award ceremony took place in December 2021 and was handed over in two categories: for the preservation of the historical heritage & for cultural innovation that is taking place today. More than fifty Russian organizations applied for the Award from all Russian regions. 

This year, the Sverdlovsk Museum of Local History named after Onésime Clerc became the Winner of the Swiss Ambassador’s Award in the category Heritage. The museum was founded in Ekaterinburg in 1870 by a Swiss citizen, naturalist Onésime Clerc for the Ural Society of Admirers of Natural History (UOLE). Clerc created a systematic study of the nature of the Ural, organised archaeological expeditions and botanical excursions, established a network of meteorological stations for weather monitoring. The Museum preserves the legacy of this scientist carefully and promotes his heritage in Russia. 

The Award in category Innovation went to the “Smena” center for contemporary culture in Kazan. Since 8 years “Smena” has been realizing large-scale cultural projects in the fields of visual art, music, film etc. together with the Swiss Embassy in Russia and Pro Helvetia Moscow. One of the traditional format are the Swiss Days dedicated to Swiss culture which include contemporary art events, Swiss cinema screenings, concerts and lectures. Since 2013, the festival has taken place five times.