Kuopio Dance Festival traditional Festival Parade will undergo a significant transformation this year. The Parade will be organized for the first time as a competition.
"The purpose is to bring authentic southern European, colourful and fun carnival atmosphere to the festival”, describes the festival’s executive director Salima Peippo.
The parade is arranged on Saturday 17th June. A team representing any entity, which is 5-20 people in size can register for he competition.
The team plans the ensemble and theme they want, which may include dancing as well as costumes and masquerading suitable for their theme.
“We are not looking for professional performers, but we want to encourage any group to participate. With careful planning, teamwork and a good idea, any team can win the main prize”, Peippo says.
The parade leaves at 10 am. from a location to be announced later in the city center. It ends at the Kuopio market square, where the prize distribution will also take place.
The first prize of the competition is 1000 € and the second prize is 500 €. The competition is sponsored by Peeässä.
The council will evaluate group spirit and team unity, creativity and originality and the difficulty of the choreography among others.
Registration for the parade is open 1.3-28.5.
Learn more and sign up here! (instructions in Finnish)