02. December 2005  
Las Palmas / Gran Canaria  
Happy Gymnastics

45th Festival BLUME Gran Canaria opened

Last night the '45th Festival BLUME Gran Canaria' was opened with an impressive parade of the c. 1,200 participants in the capital Las Palmas on Gran Canaria.
Various Spanish groups and also groups of the 850 foreign guests from 14 countries presented their performances in a several-hour long gala. Many further performances will be seen during the week in various different venues on the island....

The 18-times Swiss parallel bars team champion of the club SGF Chiasso takes part in the BLUME- Festival for the first time.

A presentation of vitality

The team from the Italian part of Switzerland - in which also the famous 'Artur Gander Memorial' is being organised - has a lot of experiences in festival participations: They already performed in Rigazzone (ITA), Osaka (JPN) and two times in Portugal. This is now their first participantion in the BLUME- Festival. At the opening they presented a mixture of dance (photo) and men's artistic gymnastics (- photos will follow later in 'impressions').
This group from Chiasso consists of 24 members and they are 18-times Swiss Champion in the in Switzerland so called 'section gymnastics'.

It is already a tradition that British teams participate in the BLUME- Festival.
The audience cheered a lot for the pyramids of the 'Riverside Display Gymnastics Team'.