The very final edition of once TISC’s rival, now friendly international song contest named WINTERFEST has been officially opened today, April 20, 2018. A big crowd (est. 25 000) has gathered in the Ellsworth’s Ice Palace to celebrate the occasion.
Opening ceremony was divided into two main parts:
- WINTERFEST History – featuring a poignant story about dysfunctional TISC-Antarctica relationship that lead to the eventual creation of WINTERFEST
- We Go Together – a more heartwarming segment about TISC and Antarctica finally deciding to go together and turn a new page in their relations
Show section of the ceremony ended with an incredible compilation that featured parts of all nine TISC winning entries, as well as all five WINTERFEST winning songs. Compilation was performed together by WINTERFEST champions: Antarctic Monkeys, Antarctica Clear-Ice Revival, Penny Hemingway, Pyngi Snower, The Penguinettes.
Show section was then followed by the Parade of Nations (featuring 31 participating nations and territories), the Juries Oath and the official speeches (by WINTERFEST head secretary Eve Snowflake and TISC Official Tim Scidmore).
Eve Snowflake stated the following:
Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, members of the juries, music lovers from around the globe… It is my great honor to welcome you to Antarctica for this, the final edition of WINTERFEST. Over the years we have witnessed great scenes of drama, jubilation, triumph and despair… All the ingredients that make this music festival the great success story it undoubtedly is. And although this may be the final edition of WINTERFEST, it will also be the greatest ever edition.
WINTERFEST is here my friends, let us enjoy every moment that lies before us, let us embrace every emotion, be it joy or heartache… Let us be a family, for together, we are truly great.
We are delighted to have with us, our brother from TISC, Tim Scidmore. Tim wanted me to communicate to you all how grateful he is to be a part of our music festival and to thank every one of you who has made him feel as one of our own. But my friends, what do you say? Shall we let Tim say it for himself? Tim come join me here!
Tim, it is our wish that you officially declare open this WINTERFEST!
All that’s left for me to do before handing you over to Tim is to wish you all the very best of luck!
Eve Snowflake’s speech was accepted with a huge roar from the crowd. Tim Scidmore, shocked by Eve’s offer and seemingly recovered from his hangover controversy, then rushed to the stage to add the following:
Thank you Eve. Wow, what to say? I love you all, this has been a magical experience and one I shall never forget. I am honestly speechless at how kind you have all treated me. I am probably going to start tearing up any second so before I do, Ladies and Gentlemen it is my pleasure to declare WINTERFEST VI officially open!!!
Scidmore’s speech expectedly received even higher praises from the crowd gathered.
Scidmore’s hangover incident has caused quite a few criticisms from non-Antarctic population, as many individuals have pointed out that Scidmore’s visit should be business only, and that such misconduct must be strictly punished. Scidmore has declined to comment the controversy for TISC-News at this time.
Opening ceremony ended with a spectacular fireworks display that lasted no less than 20 minutes.
Grand Final, scheduled for all day tomorrow, promises to deliver intriguing action. Antarctica is once again considered to be a strong favorite, though several other participants will be possibly looking to spoil the Antarctic party.
Remember however that the winner will not be quite decided tomorrow, as it has been announced that the TISC community will have a final say. Top 3 from the final scoreboard will advance to a special poll, to be conducted on TISC-News over the course of next week, in which the TISC participants will then pick the winner. Final WINTERFEST champion will be announced during the lunch break of TISC’s 10th edition Jubilee, to be held next week.
More details about the special poll will be disclosed in due course.