Town Musicians Award
About the award
The idea for the award arose following discussions about whether to relocate the bronze sculpture at the town hall. Hundreds of people from Bremen put forward suggestions as to how the city's emblem could be better presented. The award, handed out for the first time in August 2009, aims to raise public awareness of the Bremen Town Musicians.
The award is given in four categories: media, tourism/city marketing, culture and community service. The individual awards are sponsored by a number of Bremen-based organisations, which have the task of choosing worthy award winners.
The media award is conferred by Radio Bremen and the Weser Kurier newspaper. It acknowledges the works of individuals who have promoted Bremen on the radio, in the press and on TV.
Services in the field of city marketing and tourism are recognised by the Verkehrsverein der Freien Hansestadt Bremen e.V. and Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH. The award in this category is bestowed upon people who communicate a positive image of Bremen around the world.
The culture award is given by the Internationales Kulturforum Theater Bremen e.V. It commends achievements that enrich the cultural landscape of the city and therefore enhance Bremen's reputation as a culturally diverse city.
Jens Böhrnsen, the Mayor of Bremen, rewards community service with an award that honours those who sacrifice their time for others, and whose activities show Bremen as a city with a strong sense of togetherness.
2009 award winners
The media award was given to popular comedian, Vicco von Bülow, better known as Loriot. He has recorded a number of TV sketches for Radio Bremen and has close links with the city. The award was jointly sponsored by Radio Bremen and the Weser Kurier newspaper. Loriot was unfortunately unable to attend the ceremony, but arranged for one of his pictures to be presented to the city as a gesture of thanks.
The award in the marketing category was given to Werder Bremen football club, which is the most prominent symbol of the city alongside the Town Musicians. The team has given Bremen international recognition, conveying an image of an attractive, welcoming city. Despite the club's success, Werder Bremen stands for modesty and understatement. In a recent survey, Werder Bremen was again confirmed as the most likeable club in the Bundesliga.
Bremen Theatre presented the culture award to actor and performer, Armin Müller-Stahl. On many occasions, he has put the city in the spotlight by way of readings or radio plays in collaboration with Radio Bremen. His pictures featured at the opening of the Menschenbilder exhibition at the Bremen Theatre gallery in 2007. Armin Müller-Stahl is one of the few German actors to have found international fame. He recently appeared in the film adaptation of Dan Brown's bestselling book Angels & Demons.
Former Mayor, Henning Scherf, and Brigitte Boehme, president of the Protestant Church in Bremen, were given the community service award to thank them for Bremen's 32nd Protestant Church Festival. Brigitte Boehme accepted the award on behalf of all the voluntary workers who helped out at the major event in May. Henning Scherf was largely responsible for the festival being organised in the city.
2010 award winners
Lights, camera, action: Town Musicians Award 2010!
A host of leading lights and rising stars came together at Bremen Theatre on 19 August 2010 for a second year to attend the Town Musicians Award ceremony.
The Town Musicians Award is bestowed on those who have spread Bremen's fame far beyond its borders and who have presented the city in a positive light to the world – just as the four fairytale characters in the story of the Bremen Town Musicians have done. This year's winners included the actresses Katja Riemann (in the Arts category) and Sabine Postel (Media category) and the American pop art artist James Rizzi (City Marketing category). The members of Bremen's Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra were honoured for their services to the community. As in the previous year, high-profile guests and speakers – Thomas Schaaf, Dieter Pfaff and Manfred Zapatka – joined the winners in the limelight.
2011 award winners
Media: Hape Kerkeling
"I learned how to do TV in Bremen", said comedian Hape Kerkeling at the awards ceremony. More than 25 years ago, at the beginning of his career, he worked for local broadcaster Radio Bremen in shows such as the cult hit 'Total normal'. Host Barbara Schöneberger declared herself to be a great Hape Kerkeling fan in her warm and entertaining tribute.
Culture: Vadim Glowna
"Audition, 11 o'clock, Zadek." These words, written on a piece of paper that the actor has kept to this day, marked the start of Vadim Glowna's acting career in Bremen. "Everything I know about theatre I learned from Zadek and Hübner." And in Bremen, of course.
"It is great to have you as a friend", said the painter and sculptor Bruno Bruni in his tribute to this year's recipient of the culture award.
Service to the community: David Safier
In his gushing tribute to the Blaumeier Atelier arts project the writer David Safier declared: "Blaumeiers transform and enchant the city, they radiate a humorous warmth and spread truth in a heartfelt way." And that is exactly what they do. Hellena Hartung, who accepted the award for service to the community on behalf of the Blaumeier Atelier, stated that she had never dreamed of receiving such an honour.
Tourism/city marketing: Professor Gerold Wefer
The geologist and director of the Marum centre for marine environmental sciences, Gerold Wefer, was honoured for his achievements in communicating scientific discoveries to the public in an engaging and entertaining way. Federal Education Minster Annette Schavan praised the spiritual father of the Universum Science Center as "a man who doesn't just engage in science, but who also spends every day thinking about how to put science at the centre of society".