Akseli Gallen-Kallela was one of the founding members of the Kalevala Society. An award of EUR 10 000 commemorating his life’s work is awarded every third year to an artist who has expanded, renewed or questioned the expressive language of the visual arts.
The previous Akseli Gallen-Kallela Award was granted by the Kalevala Society to artist Hanneriina Moisseinen on 28 February 2018 (more info in Finnish).
Every year, the Kalevala Society grants the Kekri Day Awards for accomplishments in the fields of Finnish culture and cultural heritage. There are three award categories: for senior researchers and artists, young researchers and artists, as well as heritage practitioners and collectors.
Kekri Day Awards 2017
The board of the Kalevala Society granted the Kekri Day Awards for accomplishments in the fields of Finnish culture and cultural heritage to eight researchers, artists and experts. The awards were issued at the Kalevala Society Kekri Day conference 3rd November. The award for valuable work in the fields of science, art and culture was granted to Andrew Laurence King, Clive Tolley, and Ülo Valk. The young researcher’s award was granted to Ulla Savolainen. The award for heritage practitioners and collectors was awarded to Marjo-Riina Häkkinen, Miihkali Stepanov, Jorma Aaltonen, Airi Havve, Arja Korpela, and Risto Nihtilä.
The Kalevala Society Award, EUR 10 000, is granted every three years to a person for great services rendered, through scientific or artistic activities, in making folklore, Kalevala or the national heritage better known.
The Epic Award of the Kalevala Society was founded in 2009. It is granted for significant work with the Kalevala or other world epics.
The Epic Award was last granted in 2018 to the Kalevala translators Walter Arnold (Leventinéss áut d’Airö), Riitta Cankoçak (Turkish), and Mikael Holmberg (Norwegian bokmøl).
The Kalevala Society granted the first Epic Award, EUR 5 000, to Bui Viet Hoa on Kalevala Day 28 February 2009 for her work in compiling a Vietnamese folklore epic and for translating the Kalevala into Vietnamese.