The 2016 IHME Project, the artist Kateřina Šedá’s Tram Buskers’ Tour, has today, Monday, November 14, been awarded the TAKU Production Prize at the TAKU ry (Art and Cultural Professionals’ Trade Union) Producers’ Day. The Prize was given to the work for its success in removing barriers to spontaneous interaction.
The Tram Buskers’ Tour was commissioned for the IHME Contemporary Art Festival, and was staged in March 2016 in collaboration with Helsinki City Transport HKL, and Helsinki Regional Transport Authority HSL. Over four days, buskers from different parts of the world, invited by the artist, made music on all ten of Helsinki’s tram routes and the work was experienced by a total of nearly 24,000 tram travellers. This genre-boundary-crossing tour involved more than 300 hours of music, ranging from the covers by a figure with a cult reputation, The Space Lady, to the Baroque compositions of Bence Boka, who plays in the streets of Venice.