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Even in the middle of such a time, music still goes on. Last autumn, on the 30th anniversary of Music & Media, the Walk of Fame Finland Tähtikatu was inaugurated in Tampere as a tribute to Finnish music, artists, music makers and producers. Now you have another chance to influence which names from the music industry you would like to see immortalised on the star plates on the Walk of Fame Finland.
You can suggest any person or operator who influences or has influenced the music industry: artists, bands, music makers, lyrics writers, composers and music producers, as well as representatives of organisations or institutions. Suggestions for names to be immortalised on the star plates can be submitted online until 24 May 2020 here.
The Walk of Fame Finland, running from the Tampere Hall to the Tulli area recognises Tampere as a strong music city. In the first phase, eleven star plates were embedded in the street, seven of which were based on the suggestions by the members of the public. Based on these received suggestions, Jean Sibelius, Kaija Saariaho, Juice Leskinen, Popeda, Cheek, Katri Helena and Epe Helenius all got their stars on the Walk of Fame.
This year, based on the suggestions by the members of the public, the Board of Music & Media Finland makes a proposal on the persons to be included in the Walk of Fame. The final decision on the stars nominated by the public is taken by the City of Tampere’s Education and Culture Committee. This year, the names of three to five stars nominated by the public will be embedded in the street. In addition to the names selected based on public proposals, one star plate will be named after the music professional who will receive the Tampere Music Award at the Music & Media event this year.
Music is a big part of Tampere – especially during such a time
The Walk of Fame Finland is a cooperation between the City of Tampere, the Tampere Hall and the professional music-industry event Music & Media Finland. The project is partnered by Bauer Media Oy. According to the Deputy Mayor Johanna Loukaskorpi, the Walk of Fame Finland is a special tribute to professionals in the music industry.
– Finland’s first international Walk of Fame fits Tampere’s streetscape better than well. Tampere’s music field is exceptionally diverse. We have a high-quality club culture, classical music, musical theatre and, of course, the Manserock phenomenon, says Loukaskorpi.
Paulina Ahokas, Vice Chairman of the Board of Music & Media Finland, says that last year the members of the public submitted close to 7,000 suggestions for names to be immortalised on the star plates.
– Last year it was touching to see how Finns from all over the country submitted so many names from the music industry. The jury was very honoured to review the proposals and make a proposal on the recipients of the stars. It is very interesting to see which names Finns are proposing this year, says Ahokas.
Hermanni Seppälä, Content Director at Bauer Media, thinks it’s a great thing to see more happening on the Walk of Fame, opened last year.
– During such a time, a long-term and permanent recognition of Finnish music culture seems particularly important and valuable. Although we are strongly involved in this project on our channels, we are also guessing as eagerly as everyone else who the recipients of the new stars will be, says Seppälä.
Vote for your favourites here.
Photo: Miikka Varila