Which names from the music industry would you like to see in the stars on the Walk of Fame Finland?
Last autumn, 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. Suggestions for names to be immortalised on the star plates can be submitted online until 24 May 2020.
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.
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.
Based on the suggestions by the members of the public, the Board of Music & Media Finland event makes a proposal on the persons to be included in the Walk of Fame. The jury consists of experienced professionals in the music industry. 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.
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 Paulina 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 Hermanni Seppälä.
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. 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.
Photos Anna-Kaisa Noki