Air Guitar World Championships 2012
22-24 August, Oulu

FANCY yourself a bit of an invisible shredder? Is noodling your way up and down an imaginary fretboard your number one priority? Does tugging on a non-existent whammy bar channel a pipeline to your creativity? Well, yet again you are not alone this year, with the annual Air Guitar World Championships being staged in Oulu from 22 to 24 August.

In a country known for its less than orthodox competitions this would perhaps be one of the most original. Having been organised annually since 1996, the once absurd idea has grown to be an international event, with competitors streaming in from around the globe. In fact, such is the popularity of the event, that a worldwide realm of over 20 official AGWC countries compete in regional championships before coming to Finland to battle it out.

After a few qualifying rounds and events, the final is being staged on 24 August at Rotuaari Square, with free entry and no age limit.

Oddly enough, the purpose of the Air Guitar World Championships is to promote world peace. According to the ideology of the Air Guitar, wars would end, climate change would grind to a halt and all bad things would disappear if all the people in the world played a little air. Sure, why not! Thus the whole universe is invited to play air guitar for the world peace at the end of the competition.

Photo: Pasi Lehtinen