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State art prize for Vesa-Matti Loiri

Actor Vesa-Matti Loiri is one of the recipients of the 2011 state prize for art. Other winners of the 15,000 euro prize are sound artist Simo Alitalo and a group of young photographers known as T.E.H.D.A.S. ry. This year’s Finlandia Prize for Literature has been awarded to Rosa Liksom.

Vesa-Matti Loiri Sodankylän elokuvajuhlilla 2010.
Vesa-Matti Loiri tähdittää Mika Kaurismäen uutta elokuvaa. Image: YLE

On Thursday, Finland’s Minister of Culture, Paavo Arhinmäki, presented the state art awards, which are given in recognition of deserving artistic work over the past three years or for significant artistic achievement.

In awarding a prize to Vesa-Matti Loiri, the committee described him as one of Finland’s best loved performers. Loiri has had a long career on the stage, in musicals, on television and in numerous films. He has also been a recording artist since the sixties.

Simo Alitalo has, for example, created some works in his gallery workshop as well as musical productions such as the Aurajoki River Symphony.

T.E.H.D.A.S. ry is a group of young photographers established in Kankaanpää in western Finland in 2002. The committee praised their portrayals of everyday life in the cities of Pori and Tampere.

Finlandia Literary Prize to Rosa Liksom

This year’s Finlandia Prize for Literature went to Rosa Liksom for her work Hytti nro 6 (Cabin no. 6).

The award this year was chosen by Theatre Director Pekka Milonoff, who described Liksom’s work as succinct, poetic and multilayer portrayal of a train journey across Russia.

Milonoff selected Rosa Liksom for the 30,000 euro prize from a selection of six entries.

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