No, it is not that you are not allowed to dance to your favorite "Walk like Beyoncé" Spotify playlist while walking down the streets of Stockholm.
In Sweden, dance permits for restaurants or places are required for certain public gatherings or events where the primary purpose is to attract an audience through organized dancing. If a group spontaneously starts dancing in a park or public place without an organizer or intent to attract an audience, a dance permit is generally not necessary.
The purpose of dance permits is to ensure that events are conducted safely and securely. It allows authorities to review and approve the arrangements made by the organizers to prevent any potential hazards or disruptions to the public or participants. The application process involves providing details about the event, such as the location, date, and safety measures, to the relevant authorities.
Failure to obtain the required dance permit can result in penalties, including fines or even imprisonment for the organizers. The permit application fee varies, and its cost contributes to covering administrative expenses related to processing and evaluating the event's safety measures.
While dance permits might be perceived as bureaucratic or unnecessary by some, they play a crucial role in maintaining order and ensuring the well-being of the participants and the surrounding community during organized dance events in public places.
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by Viviana Levet/Riedia