The Conduit Festival is back, this year bringing us Ecotone; a live showcase featuring over 100 artists from all around the Okanagan. For the second year, Conduit has partnered with En’ Owkin Centre and Okanagan Greens Society to bring us the one-day festival that will take place at the Rotary Centre for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 5
Ecotone, produced by the Cakewalk Collective, is a zero-waste, all organic festival that features various forms of art such as installation art, graffiti, sculpture, eco-activism, crafts, musical performances, poetry reading, fire spinning, and storytelling. The festival also features local and organic fare including delicious food prepared by Chef Grant Dumontreuil, organic wine from Summerhil Winery, organic beer from Crannog Ales and organic Mead from Meadow Vista.
Live performances will feature an all Okanagan cast including Jodi Pederson, The Capers, Little Jungles ,Yukon Blonde and many more. There will be original art work on display all around the Centre by a number of artists including Don Elzer, Jordan and David Doody, Meghan Wise, Malcolm Eidse and Brittany Falk. Exhibitors will include Curio Designs, Blowfish Glassworks, Leftover Hippies, and again, many more.
This festival has a little bit of everything for everyone. With numbers of artisans and performers filling each corridor, studio, and hall of the Rotary Centre for the Arts, Ecotone is truly a celebration of art and community.
This is the 4th annual festival that the Cakewalk Collective has organized, and was created for the purpose of being a grassroots co-operative community co-venture to support and nurture the Okanagan’s creative business community and burgeoning arts scene.
With so many artists leaving the Okanagan to take part in the flamboyant arts and culture scenes of larger cities, Conduit provides local artists with a support system of sorts. The festival continues to grow and become more successful each year which in turn attracts a larger audience to the festival. The bigger the audience, the more awareness there is for the Okanagan’s local arts and culture scene. Conduit is an integral part of the Okanagan events calendar, as no other event or festival has such a focus on sustainability not only in the arts community but in regards to our environment as well.
So if you only leave your house once a year, I would suggest making it Feb. 5 because this is an event you don’t want to miss. Ecotone will leave you feeling inspired, hopeful, and connected.
Doors open at 4pm with the festival going right until 2am. A minimum donation of $10 at the door is suggested, or whatever you are willing to pay to support the event. All proceeds will go towards the Okanagan Greens Society.
For more information on Ecotone visit www.kelownaconduit.com.
Pyper Geddes is the general manager at Habitat in downtown Kelowna and an A-OK Contributor.