Twelve years ago Herman Jansen, director of the German-Canadian Harmonie Club, brought the traditions of German Karneval to Kelowna.
The community responded favourably.
“It was sold out in two hours,” said Jansen.
Jansen’s health issues stopped the event from continuing in following years, but now he’s excited to bring back a celebration he has fond memories of.
According to information provided by the Anaheim Karnevalsgesellschaft Club in southern California, Karneval began in Germany in the 16th century to allow commoners to mock the monarchy and politicians without fear of retribution.
The height of the Karneval season is typically during the two weeks leading up to Ash Wednesday.
“In the past it was (biggest) in Cologne, Dusseldorf and Mainz. But now it’s everywhere.”
The Kelowna event, which takes place Friday and Saturday, will feature local talent.
Jansen said the Canadian School of Ballet will be involved in the two-and-a-half hour show.
“Ten minutes is German, the rest is dancing, singing, music and it looks beautiful. If we did this show in Germany, everybody would say it was a good show.”
After the show there will be dancing with music by the club’s own Harmony Trio.
Taking the show’s popularity 12 years ago into account, Jansen said two Karneval celebrations were planned Feb. 8 and 9 to allow as many people as possible to attend the event.
Tickets are still available and the Karneval show and dance is open to the entire community.
“We want people to come and see something they’ve never seen before.”
For tickets phone Inge (250-764-3600) or Alice (250-860-1425). The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.