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New West Kelowna festival has global flavour
The District of West Kelowna, with the support of key sponsor Reuter Real Estate, will present the inaugural Global Music Fest on Saturday, Aug. 24 at Memorial Park as part of the Music in the Park summer concert series.
"The inaugural Music in the Park series last year was a resounding success and council threw its whole-hearted support behind making this year's Music in the Park bigger and better," said Mayor Doug Findlater.
"With the addition of Global Music Fest, the brainchild of Ryan Donn and Creative Okanagan, residents and our friends from other Okanagan communities have access to new and exciting cultural activities in West Kelowna."
Donn is the creative director with Creative Okanagan and originally created Global Music Fest as an artistic showcase for Global Citizen Week and has worked with the Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan to host the event in Kelowna four times.
In securing a partnership with the District of West Kelowna to bring the event across the water, he said the organizing team is placing even more emphasis on young families with a kid's zone, multicultural food fair and an all ages entertainment lineup.
"With the great success of Music in the Park, we know there is a desire for more cultural programming in West Kelowna," said Donn.
On the music front, homegrown favourite, Kinship, will bring their own special brand of in-your-face, foot-stomping Maritime and Celtic music to headline the event for their only summer performance in the region.
They will be joined by the popular folk-cabaret band, Maria in the Shower, a Vaudeville-inspired fixture on the trendy East Vancouver art scene whose singer/percussionist, Todd Bifford, also hails from the Okanagan.
"We wanted to select two headliner acts that are well-known in the valley and represent some of our unique cultural sounds," said Donn.
"And, of course, we couldn't do tho event without highlighting the first cultural community in the area, Westbank First Nation, selecting the First Nations fashion show, drum circle and some unique cultural kid's zone activities to showcase WFN's influence."
The family-friendly event is free to attend.