Tell the story of your home town in your own words and participate in a lyrics contest 1stAug – 30th November, 2018

Welcome to participate in a national song lyrics contest! We seek new song lyrics that describe the urban surroundings. The contest is open for all – regardless of age and gender. There are four series: the National Series, Imatra Series, Riihimäki Series and Turku Series.

In each series, a winner text is selected, which will then be composed and arranged: In Turku, the winner song will become the Turku Song of the Year; in Riihimäki, the Riihimäki Song of the Year; in Imatra, the 70th Anniversary Song of Imatra, and, in the National Series, the Best City Song, which can be written about any Finnish city or town.

The Head of Jury for all series will be Mr Harri Saksala, a multiprofessional musician with an amazing career. In each series, there will also be a local jury assisting him. In Turku, Riihimäki and Imatra, the jury consists of local professional musicians.

Each winner text will be composed and then performed at the city festival of the respective city or at another regional arts event during the spring 2019. In addition, the five next best texts will receive diplomas. The winners may also receive surprise prizes.

With connection to the contest, lyrics workshops will be arranged. There, it is possible to work on one’s texts or just start writing from an empty table. Workshops will be arranged in Turku, Riihimäki Imatra and online.There is free entrance to all workshops and one does not have to sign up beforehand.  More detailed information about places, dates and online workshop times will be published later on in this website. The lyrics workshops aim at inspiring and offering good hints for writing song lyrics. One may, of course, participate in the contest without participating in a workshop.

Why is the lyrics contest arranged?

Song lyrics can, at their best, talk to people and move them. They can also give expression to the identities of individuals and regions. We believe that the stories about home towns and urban surroundings remain largely unwritten and, through this contest, we want to lure these stories into existence. In other words, we want to challenge people to write about their own living environments in their own words and from their own viewpoints. Perhaps you might be the one we are seeking: the new interpreter of urban landscapes – who knows?