Hot off the presses! The entry list for the upcoming WINTERFEST, scheduled for April 20-22, has just been released, and you’ll likely want to sit down before reading any further as the entries have delivered a couple of unexpected names!
As the stage is being set for a thrilling final rendition of the series, the entries have gone live today. Official entries, published by AWC (Antarctica WINTERFEST Committee), consist of record breaking 30 nations and territories. This number in fact smashes the previous record of 20 nations that attended the 2016 Annual. Several reports suggest however that the record has been only been achieved after the news about TISC-Antarctica agreement went viral, causing about a dozen participants to put in late registrations.
Overall, 8 nations and 22 territories from all continents are scheduled to take part. Europe will be the most represented continent, counting 10 participants. Europe is then followed by America (8), Antarctica (5), Africa (3), Asia (2) and Oceania (1). Additionaly, Tristan da Cunha will also take part. The isolated archipelago, situated in the Atlantic ocean, is not considered to be a part of any continent.
Some highlights appearing on the entry list include Belgium, yet again taking part while at the same time maintaining their TISC embargo for unspecified reasons. Iceland will also continue their long WINTERFEST tradition, very much in support of the fellow polar climate host. Other United Nations-recognized nations taking part are Belarus, DR Congo, Monaco, Nicaragua, Suriname and Swaziland. Gibraltar and neighbouring Ceuta will be both making their debuts. Tasmania will meanwhile defend the honor of Oceania, as their sole entry. Quite unexpectedly, both Donegal and Košice will be making their debuts, much to the shock of international observers. Their registrations have already caused much debate among the TISC analysts, which are at this point solely speculations since no details about either Donegal’s or Košice’s registration have come through yet. Some rumours however are suggesting that Košice’s delegation is being consisted of Slovakian TISC delegation members who were allegedly removed from the team after visiting CR7 museum in Madeira, Portugal on their way to Brazil.
Entry list reads as follows:
- Aleutian Islands
- Donegal (County)
- DR Congo
- Falkland Islands
- Jan Mayen
- Northwest Territories (Canada)
- Novaya Zemelya
- Peter I Island
- Sandwich Islands
- Scott Island
- South Georgia Island
- Tristan da Cunha
- Wrangel Island
The 6th and final edition of WINTERFEST will as always be held on the Antarctic continent – and this time the organizers have fittingly picked Ellsworth Land to be the host, as it is believed to be the spiritual birthplace of WINTERFEST.
As published in recent news, this WINTERFEST is going to be all the more special as TISC Community has been invited to pick the winner, an unprecedented decision from Antarctica.
In another historic decision, WINTERFEST will be attended by a TISC official whose name is yet to be revealed.