Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates city’s cre­ative com­mu­nity

Penticton Herald - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The Pen­tic­ton Com­mu­nity Arts Coun­cil is pleased to present Pen­tic­ton’s in­au­gu­ral Arts fes­ti­val, Arts Ris­ing, Sept. 21-24. This is a multi-dis­ci­plinary, multi-venued event cel­e­brat­ing our cre­ative com­mu­nity. It will all be lo­cated in the down­town core of Pen­tic­ton, mak­ing the en­tire event walk­a­ble. This will mark the be­gin­ning of an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of art in all its di­verse forms.

Arts Ris­ing will fea­ture a film fes­ti­val of shorts, mu­sic and dance, vis­ual arts, a pho­tog­ra­phy con­test and ex­hi­bi­tion, mu­ral paint­ings, a youth pop-up gallery, First Na­tions gallery and book store, din­ner theatre, story telling and ArtWear, a wear­able art fash­ion show and work­shops.

As a warm-up to the cel­e­bra­tion of the arts in Pen­tic­ton, Thurs­day, Sept. 21 will see the 9th Pecha Kucha with 10 speak­ers on the topic “My Vi­sion for the Arts in Pen­tic­ton”. This will be held at Can­nery Brew­ing with the doors open­ing at 6:30 p.m.

The in­au­gu­ral Snake Bite Film Fes­ti­val will have its first screen­ing on Fri­day, Sept. 21 at the Land­mark Cin­ema. This will fea­ture an award-win­ning short film by one of Pen­tic­ton’s very own Mad­di­son Teb­but. There will be five Screen­ings over the course of the weekend.

Sun­day morn­ing will fea­ture short films for chil­dren. Sun­day’s fi­nale will be all of the sub­mis­sions for the Snake Bite 48-hour film com­pe­ti­tion and an awards cer­e­mony. Fri­day evening will fea­ture a gala event: Snakebite Cabaret at the Pen­tic­ton Lake­side Re­sort. Come pre­pared to be charmed by the ex­trav­a­gance of out­ra­geous cre­ativ­ity with live mu­sic and bur­lesque per­for­mances by Bound­less Belly Dance.

Fri­day evening will also see the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Arts Ris­ing Youth Pop-Up Gallery, lo­cated in the for­mer Wings store at 456 Main Street. There will be an ex­hibit of art­work by com­mu­nity and First Na­tions youth, as well as a va­ri­ety of work­shops. The youth pop-up gallery will also serve as Arts Ris­ing head­quar­ters for the weekend.

Our First Na­tions com­mu­nity will be present with a pop up gallery and They­tus Book­store on Main Street, at 419 Main Street.

Gyro Park will be the happy home of mu­sic, and dance, live art, and art ven­dors all day on Satur­day, Sept. 23. There will be a make-and-take craft­ing tent, fo­cused on up­cy­cled crafts. On Sun­day, it will also be filled as we have part­nered with the Kid­ney Walk to present the Heal­ing Power of Art. There will also be a guided walk of pub­lic art as part of the festivities.

Pen­tic­ton is home to a num­ber of highly cre­ative pho­tog­ra­phers, and or­ga­niz­ers want to cel­e­brate that by of­fer­ing a ma­jor ex­hibit of lo­cal work. This will be lo­cated at Felts Pho­tog­ra­phy, lo­cated at 221 Main Street. There will be a con­test and a num­ber of work­shops to as­sist all of us novices to take bet­ter pic­tures!

ReI­mag­ine has been re­vived. The very suc­cess­ful Street Art Fes­ti­val is re­turn­ing. Watch for a num­ber of prom­i­nent lo­ca­tions in our down­town core to be trans­formed into colour­ful and mean­ing­ful works of art, in­clud­ing 333 Main Street.

All of the down­town gal­leries will be open and of­fer­ing var­i­ous pre­sen­ta­tions in­clud­ing story telling at St Ger­mains, work­shops at Lit­tle & Long Stu­dios, and the Martin Street Gallery.

Satur­day, Sept. 23, the roof of the Pen­tic­ton Lake­side Ho­tel parkade will be the venue for parka­dium, a cel­e­bra­tion of the en­er­getic mu­sic of a va­ri­ety of well known Okana­gan bands, run­ning from noon on­wards into the beau­ti­ful Okana­gan au­tumn evening. Some of the bands on the line up in­clude Cos­mic Brew, Lake Man and The Screen Doors.

On Sun­day, Sept. 24, the Can­nery Brew­ing Com­pany will be the site of ArtWear, the sec­ond year for this con­tem­po­rary part­ner­ship of wear­able art/fash­ion/mu­sic and dance. The ti­tle is Chrysalis, the theme is the meta­mor­pho­sis of the cater­pil­lar to the but­ter­fly.

Tick­ets for all of the main events in­clud­ing Pecha Kucha the Snake Bite Film Fes­ti­val, Snake Ball, Parka­dium, and ArtWear will be avail­able on­line through EventBrite.

The com­plete pro­gram is avail­able through the Arts Ris­ing web­site www.art­sris­ing.ca

For more in­for­ma­tion or to vol­un­teer please call the Pen­tic­ton Arts Coun­cil at 250.492.7997 or email info@pen­tic­tonartscoun­cil.com.

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