Geddes: DKA unveils three events for 2011

The Awesome Okanagan Launch Party on April 16 is rapidly approaching.

  • Apr. 13, 2011 9:00 a.m.
Downtown Kelowna Association unfurls its banners.

Downtown Kelowna Association unfurls its banners.

The Awesome Okanagan Launch Party on April 16 is rapidly approaching.

Leading up to the event, the A-OK web site has been featuring businesses and artists involved in the event and this week the site will announce some of the great door prizes that are going to be given away, as well as they will be giving away the last pair of tickets for the launch, so be sure to check every day for your chance to win.

Before the launch party at the Laurel Packinghouse gets underway though, the Downtown Kelowna Association is holding a free public meet and greet to unveil their 2011 event properties.

The Downtown Kelowna Association is making some exciting changes this year and, in partnership with Lush Plush Mixed Media Productions, they are proud to announce the launch of their 2011 event properties at the Laurel Packinghouse, April 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The announcement will feature presentations on three exciting events including the Kelowna Fusion Festival (formerly known as Mardi Gras Street Festival), the Pop Okanagan Festival (legacy event to replace the BreakOut West Festival), and the Downtown Christmas Light Up. Live entertainment before and after the presentation will feature local emerging artist, Thomas Kjorven.

The DKA is very proud to be teaming up with Lush Plush Mixed Media Productions—a production company that has been producing unique, quality events and projects around Western Canada for over a decade including last year’s BreakOut West which had a $1.3 million economic impact on Downtown Kelowna.

“I am thrilled to be working with such a talented team that is so passionate about the Okanagan and specifically Downtown Kelowna,” said Peggy Athans, executive director of the Downtown Kelowna Association. “I am very confident in the caliber of the events that are going to come out of this partnership. The three event properties are a strong reflection of the DKA’s mandate and will also provide downtown with a variety of opportunities and a healthy dose of arts, music and culture,” she said.

Quinn Best, founder and head of Lush Plush, is also excited to team up with the DKA on their 2011 events. “Opportunities like this allows a unique partnership of our community stakeholders to enhance the DKA’s existing event properties. We are looking forward to incorporating some great ideas into this year’s events,” Best said.

The Downtown Kelowna Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that the Downtown Business Improvement Area is a safe and desirable place to conduct business, live, work, play and enjoy through the cooperative efforts of its members and government.

An official press conference regarding the Downtown Kelowna event properties will follow the announcement on April 18 at the Streaming Café, beginning at 10 a.m.

For more information on the Awesome Okanagan Launch Party visit

Pyper Geddes is the general manager at Habitat in downtown Kelowna and an A-OK Contributor.


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