Okanagan Spirit Festival all through February

  • Jan. 17, 2011 3:00 p.m.

The inaugural Okanagan Spirit Festival is a new event to the Central Okanagan, which will be open for all to enjo during the entire month of February.

The Okanagan Spirit Festival, presented by the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan, is a collaborative undertaking between ARTSCO and at least twelve Central Okanagan arts and heritage organizations, which include visual, performing, literary and culinary arts. The festival will also include a strong youth component.

In addition, the Okanagan Spirit Festival will honor our cultural heritage through the sharing of indigenous values and philosophies and through the story telling of aboriginal artistic works. The culture and heritage festival component will provide the public the opportunity to explore local heritage sites that have aided in the forming of our local culture.

The Okanagan Spirit Festival events are multi-faceted and incorporate prologue, performance, educational workshops, tours, and displays throughout the Central Okanagan. Valley wide events will be held across Lake Country, Kelowna and Peachland.

Festival events and performances will provide attendees with an exciting opportunity for exploration, participation and enjoyment for all ages and all levels of art and cultural knowledge and experiences. The Okanagan Spirit Festival also encourages local artists to present new and original creations through artistic expression and to celebrate global artistic contributions through performance, education and display.

Contributing arts organizations participating in the Okanagan Spirit Festival will include Westside Plein Aire Group, Lake Country Museum/Heritage & Culture Society, Okanagan Symphony, Okanagan Institute, Chamber Music Kelowna, Lake Country Art Gallery, Okanagan Arts Awards, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Youth Orchestra, Conduit Festival, Alternator Gallery and Ballet Kelowna.

Participants of all ages are encouraged to partake and enjoy in the Okanagan Spirit Festival. Admission prices for events will vary accordingly depending on the scheduled events, up to approximately $35. Several events focused at local schools, will be offered free of charge. Attendees will be encouraged to attend all components of the Okanagan Spirit Festival and acknowledgement given at each event in a passport system, leading to chances for rewards at the end of the festival.

The excitement will also grow as each Okanagan Spirit Festival activity event leads to the next one, culminating with the fabulous grand finale – the Okanagan Arts Awards Celebration, now in its fourth year.

With funding from the provincial government and the Assembly of the BC Arts Councils, The Okanagan Spirit Festival is presented by the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan.

Event schedule and ticket prices can be found at the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan’s website: http://www.artsco.ca.

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