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Press release
April 4th, 2021

Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship 2022 will be held as LIVE event on 8th of July in Joensuu, Finland – application period is open

The 2022 Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship will be held as a LIVE event. The final will take place on 8th of July in Joensuu, Finland and application period for the finals is open.

”After a long break in live events, people long for communality, the feeling of being part of something, joy, positive crazyness and surprising experiences! This year’s Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship is an extreme combination of all this, brought to people as a live event at the Joensuu marketsquare, or alternatively it can be enjoyed straight from own couch, as the event will also be streamed live. Whooshing yarn balls and hair will be available for all just by showing up or by adjusting to the right channel”, says Mari Karjalainen from the event organization.

The first ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship event, held in July 2019, was greeted with enthusiasm and surprise by the global audience. The event got noticed in media world wide and video clips from the event spread through social media accruing hundreds of millions of views. Who would have known that heavy metal music and headbanging combined with knitting would bring together people from around the world and develop a multinational community of heavy metal knitters?“

After the pandemic forced the 2020 event to be postponed by a year and to be held purely online in 2021, the 2022 Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship finally returns to be held as live event in Joensuu, Finland. The event will also be streamed world wide for everyone to enjoy.

Everyone aged over 18 years can to apply for the competition. The application period is on and open until 15th of May on www.heavymetalknitting.com. Twelve best video performances, ranked by a jury from all the applicants, will compete for the title in the final held in Joensuu, Finland, on the 8th of July. One of those uniquely crazy performances will be crowned as the World Champion of 2022. Previous World Champions in Heavy Metal Knitting are GIGA BODY METAL from Japan (2019) and Resurrection of the Knitting Witch, The Netherlands (2021).

“Based on the previous World Championships we are expecting surprising, unique and gorgeously crazy performances. We will witness the friends of knitting and heavy metal music to overcome theirselves in their performances, bringing creative madness alive and sending joy to all. We have witnessed that combining handcrafts and music this way brings people together and conveys new ways to express yourself. It’s like a language of its own and we want to make it available for everyone”, says Mari Karjalainen.

The Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship 2022 will take place on 8th of July in Joensuu, Finland, starting at 5 pm. Finnish time (UTC +3). The application period to the 2022 competition ends on 15th of May and anyone over 18 years old is able to apply. Join the fun!

The event is organized by WTF Productions Ltd. in co-operation with Tovari Marketing and Joensuun kaupunkikeskustayhdistys Virta ry (local city centre association).

See the official 2022 trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEJxV7Ln3Io

Images for press purposes – Promotional photos for 2022

Photo credit: Lasse Simonen. The photographs can be used with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) -license. If you have any questions, please contact: wtf@heavymetalknitting.com

Images for press purposes from the 2019 LIVE event, Joensuu, Finland

Photographer: Joona Kotilainen. The photographs can be used with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) -license. If you have any questions, please contact: wtf@heavymetalknitting.com

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