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Kuopio Dance Festival started by Stream performance

53. Kuopio Dance Festival opened spectacularly on Wednesday morning by STREAM performance. Opening event gathered together hundreds friends of dance art.

DaCi Finlandin Tanssikesä -leiriläiset esittivät avajaisissa useita tanssiesityksiä.

Festival opening ceremony started by STREAM performance, created by the festival`s art director Riku Lehtopolku. 14 dance groups participated in the performance and about 140 dancers from all over Finland. Performance started from ten different places around the city center and finally joined together in the middle of the Market Place for a collective opening dance.

− I was bemused about this performance. We have worked for it with these young dancers since last December and here is the result, - told Lehtopolku in his opening speech.

Polishing of STREAM performance has demanded big loading from the art director. 

− During this project I have travelled 19 500 km, - told Lehtopolku.

Kuopio Tanssii ja Soin avajaisissa nähtiin VIRTA-tanssiesitys keskellä Kuopion kauppatoria.

Young dancers, who participated in DaCi Finland four days Dancing Summer camp in Kuopio, had the leading role in opening ceremony. Audience at the Market Place enjoyed skillful dances, although pouring rain disturbed the atmosphere a little. 

After two years of Coronavirus pandemia Kuopio Dance Festival has returned to summer event calendar successfully. Festival continues until June 21. In addition to chargeable performances there are plenty of free programs at the Market Place daily at 11 am and in Music Centre.  

− I wish you all productive, empowered and significant festival week, - Lehtopolku said at the end of his speech.

Read more about Kuopio Dance Festival daily program:
https://www.kuopiodancefestival.fi/kesan-2022-ohjelma

VIRTA-esityksen tanssikulkue kiersiä kaupungin katuja ennen päätymistään Kuopion kauppatorille.