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Press release
On the darkest and coldest day of Finnish winter
(The 20th of December, 2019)
Joensuu, Finland

Heavy Metal Knitting is back!

The first ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championships were held in July 2019. The competition returns in summer 2020 and has opened the entry period for the qualification round on the darkest day of Finnish winter. Applications are accepted until March 31st 2020.

In Heavy Metal Knitting the knitter takes the lead performer role of a metal band. The idea is simple – as the band plays metal music, the knitter knits and moshes with his needles and yarn around. Heavy Metal Knitting is about combining handicrafts and heavy metal music in a new and fresh way, resulting in awe inspiring performances.

The first ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championships were introduced to the world in April 2019. It did not take too long from the media and people around the world to discover that something new and extraordinary was about to happen.

The first qualification round of the 2019 competition attracted 26 contestants from 13 countries from all around the globe – all aiming to win the very first title of the Heavy Metal Knitting World Champion. Finally 12 acts from 8 different countries made it to the finals and lit the live stage in the city of Joensuu, Finland.

The winner, and the first ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Champion was a 5 person group called GIGA BODY METAL from Japan. Crafts with Ellen from Denmark came in 2nd and 3rd place went to 9” Needles from the USA.

The 2020 Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship application period is open until the 31st of March. After the application period, a jury will elect 12 contestants to join the live event in Joensuu, Finland on the 15th and 16th of July. The grand final will take place on the 16th of July.

In the qualification round, the performer needs to make a one minute long heavy metal knitting video, using one of the three songs selected by the organizers of the competition. The songs this year are all from metal bands from Joensuu, Finland: Decrowned – Fortress, Hiitola Unholy Creatures – Kolme Toivomusta and Nevicate – The Surface.

The event is being organized in by Tovari Oy in cooperation with Taito Pohjois-Karjala.

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