Loistefestari opens doors for young amateur dancers

Performance experience, new contacts and plenty of encouraging feedback from top dancers – the Loistefestari festival to be held in March offers all this and more.

Loistefestari’s artistic director in 2017 is the renowned dancer, choreographer and dance teacher Haza Hajipoori, who has danced in numerous theatre and television productions and works as a backup dancer for some of Finland’s top artists, such as Krista Siegfrieds and Antti Tuisku. Hajipoori is also the winner of the 2012 Dance competition.

”Loistefestari is a great youth event. I don’t know of any better and safer way for young people to get to perform. It’s not every day that you get a chance to perform for a panel of professional judges who also give personal feedback. I remember this kind of feedback as being more precious than gold when I was young,” says Hajipoori.

The event is open to all 10–20-year-old amateur dancers living in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The event’s dance styles are modern dance, street dance, show and jazz dance, folk dance and other ethnic dances and ballet.

”2017 is a great year for dance, which is reflected in the event, as well. Not only that, it’s also the year that Finland turns 100 years old. Loistefestari is an open, colourful and multicultural event,” states Hajipoori.

The Loistefestari festival will be held 25–26 March in the Helsinki metropolitan area as part of the national Nuori kulttuuri (”Young culture”) festival series. The Loistefestari gala showcases the different performances in Aleksanterinteatteri on Wednesday March 29th starting at 6 p.m. The most interesting performances will get a chance to represent the Helsinki region in the Nuori Kulttuuri MOVES event, which will be held in Rovaniemi 26–28 May.

Entry to the festival and gala is free.

Registration for the event was open until 27 February.

The event is organised by the youth and cultural administrations of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen.


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For more information, please contact:

Vesa Peipinen
040 861 0793

Tiina Toivonen
041 512 1706

 Outi Puukko
040 334 6430

  Nils Nordling
043 8257 239

 Kermit Haapalainen
 050 567 1864