Festival celebrates city’s creative community
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.