Geddes: Fusion Festival makes use of downtown’s park space

With the Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival now just a couple days away, it is shaping up to be another great festival addition to the Okanagan’s summer months.

  • Aug. 11, 2011 5:00 a.m.

With the Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival now just a couple days away, it is shaping up to be another great festival addition to the Okanagan’s summer months.

This one day free, family-friendly event taking place in Downtown Kelowna on Saturday, Aug. 13 features a little bit of everything from culture to music to food and I believe that it will become a flagship event on Kelowna’s cultural calendar.

Downtown Kelowna has so much to offer for locals and tourists alike boasting a wide variety of shops, restaurants and popular hangout locales. Another great feature of downtown is the spectacular views of Lake Okanagan as well as the amazing park space. At any given time you can see people relaxing on the lush green lawns of Kerry Park or making use of Stuart Park’s concrete plaza but both park spaces have never been used for a large event before and that’s something that I think will set Fusion Festival apart from other events.

The Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival offers programming ranging from Kerry Park to Stuart Park and everywhere in between. There is sure to never be a dull moment throughout the day with programming scheduled from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. The full schedule has now been announced online so you can see for yourself some of the great acts that will be performing on the Kerry Park and Stuart Park stages.

But it doesn’t just stop at those two stages; there is a wide range of activities, displays and vendors to explore as well. With two Kids Zones, an Aboriginal Village, the Taste Around the World food court and a Downtown Marketplace featuring a variety of vendors and artisans, the festival has created a variety of entertainment, activities and displays that will keep attendees on their feet and make them eager to keep exploring the event site.

Another great addition to the Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival is Kelowna’s second installation of PechaKucha Night presented by City of Kelowna Cultural Services.

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

As a unique and creative addition to the festival, PechaKucha Night will take place on Jim’s Orchard in Stuart Park beginning at 8:20pm.

For more information on the Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival including schedule, site map, performer bios and much more, visit

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



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