Series of events planned to mark annual celebration

The keynote event for Global Citizen Week, Feb. 19 to 27, in Kelowna will take place Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Trinity Baptist Church.

  • Feb. 18, 2011 9:00 a.m.

The keynote event for Global Citizen Week, Feb. 19 to 27, in Kelowna will take place Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Trinity Baptist Church.

The event will feature a presentation from a former child soldier in Africa, a presentation of the Youth Global Citizen of the Year award and a global village marketplace.

The week will be capped off by a Global Music Festival next Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Laurel Packinghouse on Ellis Street, 7 p.m. The event will be a celebration of music, culture and global action.

Through a series of activities organized by local non-profit and humanitarian groups Global Citizen Week Kelowna 2011 will feature events to entertain, educate and inspire change. The headline performer will be Penticton poet Shane Koyczan.

Art is (Hope)

Presentation of the documentary ‘An Orphans Dream’ with live performances from Andrew Smith, Norm Strauss, Kim McMechan and Graham Ord.

The documentary was directed and produced by local film-maker Martin Berthiaume and filmed in Liberia, South Africa and Nepal, telling the stories of two orphans and what a local organization has done to impact their lives. 

An art sale by local artisans will also be presented.

Event takes place Friday, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m., at Emmanuel Church, 2600 Hebert Rd., Kelowna.

Artist’s eye on the world

A digital and print photo exhibit created by photos submitted from the community.

The theme of the exhibit is: Global Citizen—Humanitarian Work.

Anyone who has been part of a humanitarian group or by themselves has helped someone in need and/or in some way has been working toward achieving one or more of the United Nations’ MDGs will be able to submit ‘in action’ photographs.

An Artist’s Eye on the World exhibit 2011 will be held at various Global Citizen events and will also include a new component for short films produced by local filmmakers.

Nick Arkle, founding chair of Global Citizen Kelowna Week, said this year, as in previous years, there will be something for everyone.

“We want people from all backgrounds, ages and walks of life to realize that each and every person does have the opportunity to make a difference—for the week we are bringing world class speakers into Kelowna and putting on engaging events that will be thought-provoking, fun and inspirational.”

Arkle said anyone interested in learning about events should check out the website at

Ryan Donn, president of Festivals Kelowna and Global Music Festival organizer, added: “I’m looking forward to seeing Kelowna come alive during Global Citizen Kelowna Week. “I don’t think people have any idea how many amazing projects are being undertaken by folks in Kelowna.”

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