Finland’s first international Walk of Fame to be launched in Tampere in October

Tulli region in central Tampere will host Finland’s first international Walk of Fame, Tähtikatu, this fall in co-operation with Music & Media.

 

The street route on Åkerlundinkatu is a tribute to Finnish music, artists, musicians and producers. A central part of the street will be the star plates embedded in the street that honour distinguished professionals from the music industry. The first eleven stars will be put in place this fall. Six of these stars are open for public’s suggestions.

Tampere is known as a music city and home for a significant amount of music and culture professionals. Walk of Fame Finland is a perfect fit, establishing Tampere’s status as a lively culture city both within Finland and internationally. The most famous Walk of Fame can be found in Hollywood, and similar ones in Manchester and Wien among other cities.

– Tampere’s musical and cultural field is exceptional, active and versatile. Walk of Fame Finland is a tribute to professionals in the music industry. This kind of a new initiative is an example of what kind of ideas different actors can come up with. It’s also where our strength lies as we apply as the European Capital of Culture: collaboration, says mayor Lauri Lyly.

Walk of Fame Finland is a collaboration between Music & Media Finland, City of Tampere and culture and congress center Tampere Hall. Media partner for the project is Bauer Media Oy.

 

Six stars will be nominated by the publiC

Public’s suggestions for names on Walk of Fame Finland can be submitted at www.tampere.fi/tahtikatu, until May 31st. Past and present music professionals, artists, bands, songwriters, composers, producers and other representatives of the industry are all possible candidates. Stars will be added annually and the public will have its say also in the future. This year the board of Music & Media, consisting of music industry professionals, will choose six names based on the proposals and the final decision on the public’s stars will be made by the City of Tampere’s Education and Culture Committee.

In addition to these six stars, five more are named after the 2010–2019 recipients of Tampere Music Award, awarded annually to acknowledge a person, organization or movement that has contributed extraordinarily to the development of the music industry. Two winners will be carved on each star. Presented by Music & Media Finland and The City of Tampere, the award is handed out at the annual Music & Media Industry Award Gala.

– Tampere has produced nationally and internationally significant artists and musicians for the world. Many of the nation’s most notable music-industry companies have also been created in the city. Tampere’s musical fame among professionals has been maintained by the Music & Media event, which has been organised in Tampere for 30 years already. It’s one of the oldest professional music-industry events in the world, says Riku Salomaa, Music & Media chairman.

Tampere Music Award 2010–2019 has been awarded to Anna Hildur (2018), Pelle Lidell (2017), Onta Shiroh Kawaguchi (2016), Holger Tiefenbach (2015), Helen Sildna (2014), Jonas Sjöström (2013), Jan Sneum (2012), Artemyi Troitsky (2011) and Rein Lang (2010). The 2019 award will be handed out this October at the Industry Awards Gala in Tampere Hall.

 

Suggest your favourites at www.tampere.fi/tahtikatu.

 

Project manager Markus Joonas from City of Tampere (left), Music & Media CEO Elif Tähtinen, Mayor of Tampere Lauri Lyly, Tampere Hall CEO Paulina Ahokas and Property Manager of Tampere Hall Marko Koivisto are standing where the Walk of Fame Finland will be this October. Photo: Anna-Kaisa Noki