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Press Release for 9 July 2021: Finalists Heavy Metal Knitting

“Resurrection of the Knitting Witch” representing Netherlands in Finals of the Heavy Metal Knitting World Championships 2021

Collaboration of Niels Weerheim, Vaskimo Arts, and Stichting Wool for Warmth

The Hague, The Netherlands – 9 July 2021 – WTF Productions announces the “The Resurrection of the Knitting Witch” video will advance to tonight’s Finals of the Heavy Metal Knitting World Championships 2021. The finals will be live-streamed 9 July 2021 at 18:00 (Finnish time) from Joensuu, Finland. The rules are simple: create a 1 minute video, using the organiser’s music, with at least one of the performers knitting. The highly anticipated video will be publicly released during the event and then on YouTube.

“You have to see it to believe it. Niels Weerheim gets full credit as the creative force behind the Knitting Witch and Wille Vaskimo created the set and the intense atmosphere”, said Cathy Delhanty, Chairman and founder of Stichting Wool for Warmth, a Dutch charity that knits for homeless people. “They captured the black magic of what we do: knitting thousands of black hats and scarves for the homeless men in The Netherlands.”

The contest organisers have confirmed that 12 finalists of the Heavy Metal Knitting Online World Championship 2021 come from 8 countries and have been selected from 20 submissions. Originally intended to be a live heavy metal event in Finland, the event will be livestreamed due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Corona Virus.

“This project gives me a creative boost, a way to break out of the corona-slump and my painting energies are recharged”, says abstract artist Niels Weerheim. Wille Vaskimo, geometric artist and videographer added “The crazy combination of knitting, heavy metal music, and a contest offered an unusual challenge, a way to stretch our creative legs and help a charity at the same time.”

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Founded in 2017, the award-winning Stichting Wool for Warmth is growing a national network of community-based knitting clubs that battle loneliness and currently give purpose to over 1,000 knitters and crocheters in The Netherlands. The knitters use leftover wool and a lot of love to create hats and scarves for the 39,300 registered homeless in The Netherlands.

Niels Weerheim is an abstract artist in The Hague. Weerheim is currently exhibiting at the Kroon Gallery in The Hague and the Kruisheren Hotel in Maastricht. He is currently preparing an exhibition at Yuku Music, Prague.

Award-winning Wille Vaskimo is a Geometric artist with an edgy street-style. Vaskimo is currently exhibiting in the Rotterdam City Centre and Maastunnel. He is preparing a new exhibition in The Hague at the Westeinde Hospital.

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For more information and interviews, please contact:

Cathy Delhanty, Stichting Wool for Warmth, http://www.woolforwarmth.com  +31651029534 woolforwarmth@gmail.com

Niels Weerheim, http://www.nielsweerheim.com @nielsweerheim_ +31617827976 info@nielsweerheim.com

Wille Vaskimo, VaskimoArts, @vaskimoarts vaskimoarts@gmail.com

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