'Ilgakasė' is the title of long hair contests that are frequently held in different villages in Lithuania. This contest, organized every two years, is in Varena, a little village south of the capital Vilnius.
What a spectacular beginning of this 7th Ilgakasė festival in Varėna! I could hardly believe that I was sitting in a small theater in a tiny seemingly insignificant village only a stone's throw away from the Belarusian border. But this contest is certainly one of the reasons to put this little village on the map.
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16 girls took part in this contest where performance, overall style and appearance were more important than hair length although some local rapunzels proudly showed their knee length tresses. After the group introduction, the jury had formed a list of random questions for each of the contestants about their lives, hair-care and how they deal with their long hair in everyday life. Creative mothers had turned their daughters into shiny flowers at the avant garde fashion part where they blossomed proudly in front the enthousiastic audience.
More photos and a detailed review (in Lithuanian) can be found here.