Geddes: Fusion Festival will spark up your August

Although the weather could definitely be better, this Kelowna summer is shaping up to be one of the best for the city yet.

Although the weather could definitely be better, this Kelowna summer is shaping up to be one of the best for the city yet.

On any night of the week there is so much to do and now you can add one more date to your event calendar: The Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival taking place on Aug. 13.

The Downtown Kelowna Association held a press conference on July 15 to announce the line up and to give the public a sneak peek at what they can expect to see at the Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival.

The event is set to replace the Mardi Gras Street Festival that has taken place in Downtown Kelowna in previous years and will see the site moving to Kerry Park through to Stuart Park.

With a focus on culture, music and food, the site will have many different areas featuring activities, exhibits and entertainment for any age.

Don’t worry about your wee ones getting bored at this Festival, with two separate Kids Zones there will be plenty for them to see and do including painting in the park with the Kelowna Art Gallery, bounce houses, a climbing wall, entertainers, face painting and more.

Although the Festival is free to attend, don’t forget your wallet at home as the Downtown Marketplace located in Kerry Park will be full of downtown businesses, vendors, crafters and artisans selling a wide variety of products.

Cultural components of the festival (other than the great programming I’ll touch on next) are the Aboriginal Village presented by the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, a Cultural Pavilion Corridor showcasing a variety of local cultural groups, and the Taste Around the World food court that will provide attendees with an assortment of ethnic and traditional festival foods.

And what would a festival be without music? The Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival will feature two separate stages—the Kerry Park Stage presented by Festivals Kelowna and the Stuart Park Main Stage.

There will be a large diversity of entertainment spread amongst the two stages featuring cultural performance groups such as Banat Al Raks Belly Dancers, Tai Chi Fan Dancers, and Funky Loops Samba Batucada as well as live music by Jeff Bryant, Windborn, Watasun and Kinship.

Tambura Rasa are set to end off the Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival. This five-piece group (seven including their dancers) are a buoyant cultural cross-pollination that fuses contemporary grooves and traditional rhythms into one energetic musical brand all their own. Packed with fiery Spanish guitar, a fully orchestrated Baladi Gypsy string section, burning Afro-Latin percussion and sensual Flamenco and belly dancers, this act raises the roof and lights-up skies of any concert grounds they land on. You can be guaranteed that Tambura Rasa will have the entire Fusion Festival crowd up and dancing by the end of the night.

In the next few weeks leading up to Fusion, Festivals Kelowna will be announcing their remaining line up for the Kerry Park Stage and there will be plenty of other announcements made so be sure to check www.kelownafusionfestival.com for all the latest festival information.

The Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival taking place in Kerry Park through Stuart park on Saturday, Aug. 13 will kick off at 11 a.m. with programming right until 10 p.m.

The event is family friendly and free to attend.

For more information visit www.kelownafusionfestival.com.

Pyper Geddes is the general manager of Habitat and an A-OK contributor.

pyper@thehabitat.ca

www.awesomeokanagan.com

 

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