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TIF: Dancing Its Way into the Guinness Book of World Records

pontic-danceThe organizing team of the Thessaloniki International Fair is planning on achieving a Guinness World Record for the largest Pontic “Omal” dance in both length and number of participants. The dance will take place as part of the concert “Together … with soul!” by brothers Konstantinos and Matthaios Tsachouridis during the 81st Thessaloniki International Fair.
Specifically, the people who attend the concert will perform the “Omal” dance, encircling the entire exhibition center in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, even reaching the city center.
An application has already been submitted to the body in charge of the Guinness World Records and HELEXPO is waiting on the approval. This will be the first time that such an initiative, involving a Pontian dance will be implemented.
“Omal” was one of the first Pontic Greek dances to be developed in the region of Pontos. It is a relaxed dance that usually preludes the tik dance. It is very simple and popular since it only includes 6 different steps.
The Thessaloniki International Fair is an annual commercial exhibition event of great importance in Greece and Southeastern Europe, taking place at the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Center. The fair was first held in 1926 and today it is organised by HELEXPO. It is customary for the country’s prime minister to set out his government’s policies for each coming year in a speech at the annual Thessaloniki International Trade Fair, and for this reason the event has political significance in addition to its commercial importance.

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