Tuuletar won the prize for the Border Breaking Act of the Year.
At the annual Finnish Ethno gala, Music Finland presented the Border Breaking Act of the Year award – along with six other highly coveted awards given out to leading figures in folk music, world music and folk dance during the evening. The Border Breaking Act of the Year is awarded yearly to an act that has aroused interest in the international music field and demonstrated export-readiness. Simon Broughton, the editor-in-chief of Songlines magasine described the winners as following:
“The female a cappella quartet were chosen for the quality and originality of their music. They are drawing on Finnish traditions in a new and innovative way, but they were also selected because they are absolutely export ready. Indeed they’ve already performed in many countries in Europe (including Germany, Hungary and the UK) and as far as India and Japan. They’ve also had their song ‘Alku’ used in the fantasy TV megahit, Game of Thrones. Their management team and record label, Bafe’s Factory, are very active and effective in promoting their music. Tuuletar are a young band with great potential and we hope the Ethnogala’s Border Breaking award will help spread their name internationally.”
Tuuletar was also one of the headliner performers at the annual gala, that was broadcasted live by YLE. Link to the performance and the full gala here.