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Pelle Miljoona receives 2014 Helsinki Cultural Prize

Pelle Miljoona, a Helsinki musician and author, is the recipient of the City of Helsinki Cultural Prize 2014. With a career beginning as a pioneer of the Finnish punk movement, he has left his mark on Finnish literature as well as in music.

Pelle Miljoona
Pelle Miljoona Image: Tapio Nykänen / Yle

Pelle Miljoona (Petri Samuli Tiili, b. 1955) began his music career at the end of the 1970’s. He has composed, written lyrics, sung and played several different instruments in his many bands.  Over his career, the artist has published more than 30 albums and over 10 books.

The City of Helsinki Cultural Prize is awarded annually by the Library and Cultural Committee. It is conferred on a Helsinki artist in recognition of notable artistic achievements or significant work to enrich Helsinki’s cultural life. The prize carries a 10,000 euro cash award. The 2013 Cultural Prize recipient was author Kjell Westö.

Along with the annual Cultural Prize, the City of Helsinki on Tuesday also made personal art grants totaling 256,000 euros to another 75 artists. This year’s art grants went to artists specializing in media art, comics, popular music and dance.

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