Program Inauguration

On Saturday, February 27, starting at 12.00 The Association Dark & Cold, Mörkrets och Kylans Glada Vänner in Skellefteå are arranging the digital event “The whole world is ice dipping”. It contains both live competitions in ice-hole poetry and a music competition in the ice-hole. In addition, films and greetings from ice dippers and winter swimmers from around the world will be shown.

The tenth edition of the winter swim in Skellefteå, which was supposed to have taken place on 13 February, had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. That is why we are investing in a digital event instead. For the third year in a row, there will be a competition in ice-hole poetry and for the first time, a music competition will be arranged in ice-hole. As these competitions have six competitors in the final and only digital audiences, the association will be able to comply with all applicable pandemic restrictions.

During the program, there is also much else on offer from an outdoor studio located at an ice hole in Skellefteå. Guests in the studio will talk about the importance of the winter swimming for physical and mental well-being. In addition, ice dippers, winter swimmers and winter researchers will participate and discuss various aspects of dark and cold. Next year, the association hopes to be able to carry out the tenth winter swim, which usually attracts about 400 swimmers from around 20 countries. But this will be a worthy replacement under the prevailing conditions.

The broadcast can be seen on Mörkrets och Kylans Glada Vänner’s Facebook page: and at 

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