Youth have an opportunity to showcase their culture and learn about other cultures during Global Fusion Festival on July 21 at Giovanni Caboto Park. The festival, part of Canada 150, is meant to empower youth and bring cultures together.
Ahmed Abdulkadir, executive director of the Ogaden Somali Community of Alberta (OSCAR) and one of the festival facilitators, said, “We have a lot of hate, but the youth are saying ‘we’re here to promote love.’ ” Continue reading New festival promotes cultural diversity Global Fusion shows how youth lead the way
Close the door behind you and step into a world of ice and snow art, costumes and street hockey. That’s the promise and follow through of Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival.
“We go to Deep Freeze every year. It’s been a family event,” said Maggie Glasgow, a resident of Alberta Avenue with her husband and young family since 2007.
Continue reading Ten years of icy magic on Alberta Avenue Deep Freeze draws artists, youth and winter-fun seekers
One of Kaleido Family Arts Festival’s greatest strengths is that it presents art and performance in a casual way to everyone.
Another strength is the community focus. Artistic director Christy Morin explained the heart of Kaleido has always been local talent, including organizers, performers, athletes, and artisans.
Continue reading Fill your heart during Kaleido Festival Capture festival magic during the dog days of September
Something edgy is coming to 118 Avenue as rumours circulate of an “exquisite corpse.” Is a zombie invasion imminent?
Despite its hair-raising name, exquisite corpse is art at this year’s Kaleido Family Arts Festival. Local schools are spearheading this event, said Christy Morin, executive director of Arts On The Ave.
Continue reading Kaleido and local students create art Arts festival and schools make a perfect partnership
For over 20 years, Spruce Avenue Community League has held a Harvest Festival in September.
“It started off with a very low attendance,” said Verna Stainthorp, secretary and treasurer of the league. Since then, the festival has grown in popularity, with around 150 people expected to attend this year. “It’s been well-received by people. It’s a time for people to get together,” said Stainthorp.
Continue reading Spruce Ave celebrates community and history Harvest Festival brings residents together to learn about community
AveFest is back for more community fun on the Canada Day long weekend, where festival goers will be treated to free food and entertainment such as lawn games, crafts, face painting, a watermelon eating contest and tug of war.
“This is going to be a community event that seeks to engage the community. The idea is that we’re able to bring together different parts of the community into a festival that is designed not just for observers but for participants,” explained Arthur Dyck, festival organizer.
Continue reading Bring your sunscreen and smiles for AveFest Free festival engages community and unites neighbours
The time of board games is here. No longer forgotten and gathering dust on a shelf, board games have become a popular way for people to socialize.
At the Carrot Community Art Coffeehouse, the last Tuesday of every month is Board Games Night. According to Mary Ann Aquino, the Carrot’s operations manager, there’s always a good turnout.
Continue reading Board games experiencing a resurgence Playing board games has become a popular way to socialize with friends
“If you can dream it, it is possible.”
This is the vibe that I pick up from speaking with Keia Dreger, director and creator of Mythos, A Springtime Fair, which will be held April 21 at Alberta Avenue Community Centre.
Dreger created the festival out of a need for artists and artisans to “have an opportunity to learn, express, showcase themselves, network, create conscious community, gain exposure.” Dreger is also an artist. She works in a variety of mediums and has designed some dividers, which will be for sale at the fair.
Continue reading A new springtime event on the Ave Alberta Avenue welcomes Mythos, A Springtime Fair
For many people, St. Patrick’s Day is an opportunity to wear green and celebrate Irish culture, but organizers of Serca Festival are hoping to engage Edmontonians in Irish theatre.
Mark Henderson, the creative director and founder of Serca, explained the festival goes beyond a literal definition of Irish theatre. The plays featured at the festival could be about Ireland or by Irish playwrights, or they could be translations of non-Irish plays by Irish playwrights. They could also, as festival producer Michael Clark said, “be about the Irish experience.”
Continue reading Everyone can be a little bit Irish The Serca Festival of Irish Theatre showcases celtic culture on Alberta Ave
The Secretaries are having brunch in Amy van Keeken’s kitchen on a Sunday afternoon, before rehearsal. Happy dogs lie at their feet. It’s a cozy domestic scene, but don’t be mistaken—this band isn’t made up of shrinking violets.
Colleen Brown, Natasha Fryzuk and Amy van Keeken work hard for the money (so hard for it, honey).
“We just wanted to jam,” said guitarist van Keeken. Six people showed up at their first session, but by the second, the band was distilled to its core members.
Continue reading The sound and story of The Secretaries The decade-old Edmonton band is playing at SkirtsAfire