Gymnaestrada and other performance-based events provide the opportunity to celebrate movement and physical activity in a non-competitive environment while capturing the true essence of the ‘Gymnastics for All’ and ‘Active for Life’ philosophies of sport and recreation.

These events enable active participation for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or ability. Participants share in the fun and excitement of performing and demonstrating their physical, technical, and creative abilities inspired by a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional gymnastics disciplines.

Depending on the specific event, performances may be done indoors or outdoors, and the few rules that exist typically relate to the length of the performance and the number of performers, which means there are endless possibilities to explore and push the boundaries of gymnastics.

There are a wide range of opportunities to showcase one’s passion and love of gymnastics through community, provincial, national, and even world events. 

2018 Canadian Gymnaestrada - Richmond, BC

June 27-July 1, 2018

The Indoor Performances will take place at the iconic Richmond Olympic Oval and the City Performances will be part of the 73rd Steveston Salmon Festival and Canada Day Celebration.

The Canadian Gymnaestrada is a national celebration of gymnastics and movement where participants from across the country come together for four exciting days of performances, workshops, and festivities.

This year’s theme: “Diversity through Movement” captures the true nature of the event. Groups are invited to demonstrate their physical, technical, and creative abilities while showcasing traditional and non-traditional gymnastics disciplines and apparatus. Just like the Canadian landscape, each group contributes unique ideas, concepts, and movements and this diversity and creativity is what makes the Canadian Gymnaestrada a truly special and memorable event for all involved.

The 2018 Canadian Gymnaestrada logo intertwines the Gymnaestrada spirit of inclusion and diversity with the Richmond and British Columbia landscapes. Three participants, also representing the coast mountains are leaping forward in unison over a beautiful rising sun in Richmond and the ocean beyond!

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World Gymnaestrada

The World Gymnaestrada is a world-wide, non-competitive, FIG Gym for All event held every four years that attracts the largest number of active participants of any FIG event. Participation is for everybody, regardless of gender, age, race, religion, culture, ability, or social standing.

The objectives of the World Gymnaestrada include:

  • Promoting the value and diversity of gymnastics;
  • Encouraging the growth of Gym for All worldwide;
  • Inspiring enjoyment in exercise and encouraging personal activity;
  • Demonstrating the unlimited possibilities of different ideas of Gym for All;
  • Bringing together gymnasts from the four corners of the globe as a contribution towards the friendship of nations; and
  • Presenting the diversity of gymnastics to a wider public.

The World Gymnaestrada program, which runs over 7 days, includes:

  • An opening ceremony
  • Indoor group performances
  • Large group performances
  • National evenings
  • A FIG gala
  • An educational forum
  • A closing ceremony

Check out highlights from World Gymnaestrada 2015:

Fast facts:

  • The World Gymnaestrada is the FIG's most significant international Gym for All event;
  • The World Gymnaestrada brings together more gymnasts than the Olympic Games (though granted, Olympic participation is limited.) 22,000 gymnasts participated in the 2011 World Gymnaestrada in Lausanne (SUI);
  • The first World Gymnaestrada took place in 1953, in Rotterdam (NED);
  • At the World Gymnaestrada, large groups should include 200 gymnasts, though many have 300 or even 400 gymnasts! Sometimes even more than 1,000. There are no limits;
  • Canada has participated in all but two of the World Gymnaestradas;
  • Canada’s teams in 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015 have numbered 440, 538, 605, and 622 respectively.


World Gymnaestrada

Year Location Federations Gymnasts
1953 Rotterdam (NED) 14 5,000
1957 Zagreb (YUG) 17 6,000
1961 Stuttgart (GER) 16 10,000
1965 Vienna (AUT) 26 15,600
1969 Bâle (SUI) 28 9,600
1975 Berlin (GER) 19 10,500
1982 Zurich (SUI) 22 14,200
1987 Herning (DEN) 26 17,300
1991 Amsterdam (NED) 30 19,500
1995 Berlin (GER) 34 19,300
1999 Gothenburg (SWE) 37 23,500
2003 Lisbon (POR) 45 21,600
2007 Dornbirn (AUT) 53 22,000
2011 Lausanne (SUI) 55 19,087
2015 Helsinki (FIN) 50  21,000
2019 Dornbirn (AUT)