Air guitar performances where once meant for “jamming” out by yourself, now it has the ability to gleefully capture and produce universal emotional and bodily responses from millions. The Air Guitar World Championship advertise it as being able to “promote world peace. According to the ideology of the Air Guitar, wars would end, climate change stop and all bad things disappear, if all the people in the world played the Air Guitar.” Although, many people view these competitions as silly, just plain stupid, embarrassing for both participants and spectators, and a waste of time. It can also be viewed as a ritual used to bond a group of people. The purpose of this large gathering is for the country of Finland to come together as one community. After all slogan for this competition is, “Wars would end, climate change would stop and all bad things would disappear if everyone just played the air guitar.” The Air Guitar Championships far surpass the juvenile facade one first sees when attending the event. It is truly about unity and setting aside all differences and just being a community.
Everyone can partake in the playing of air guitar, so it doesn’t exclude anyone in the population. As long they are confidence with themselves and their abilities. Performances can be exhilarating, bonding, embrace goofy theatricality, and encourages a community that celebrates each other’s performances.