At this year’s Kaleido Family Arts Festival, you might find an alligator lurking along Alberta Avenue. Moulded out of old tires, the treaded reptile will be one of a handful of community art projects created from reused and recycled materials. Continue reading Used materials get a second life as art Kaleido Festival to roll out tire sculptures along the Ave
You’d think that after 12 years of running Kaleido Family Arts Festival, organizers would run out of new ideas, but happily there are plenty of new features to experience from Sept 15-17.
This year, the festival starts at 5 pm instead of 7 pm. Christy Morin, artistic director, describes it as a “soft start” and said food trucks will be on site. Continue reading Take in an action-packed Kaleido Festival Local festival brings artistic treats to the Avenue
The walls of the neighbourhood just became more alive with art. From July 21-31, Alberta Avenue was graced with two more murals, part of Rust Magic 2017, a festival of mural creation. Edmonton’s Justin Moose and Jade Jordan and Victoria’s Relfy created the artwork. Continue reading Turning city walls into fantastic murals Edmonton festival draws in artists from all over
It’s mid-afternoon at El Rancho Spanish Restaurant. Dora Arevalo, owner of El Rancho Restaurant and Orlando Martinez, dance instructor and entertainer, are intensely engaged in planning the second Festival Mi Tierra Calle 87 (My Homeland 87th Street Festival), taking place July 14 to 16. Continue reading Celebrate Latin American culture this July Festival Mi Tierra Calle 87 returns for another year
July heralds the return of Muttstock, a unique dog-centric event welcoming dogs, their owners, and dog lovers in general.
“Muttstock is a popular event because people love to get outside with their dogs,” said Jaz Rayne, vice president of Muttstock Alberta Rescue Benefit Society (MARBS). “Not many festivals for humans allow dogs to attend, so the option to bring your dog to an event geared towards dogs and their owners is fantastic.”
Rayne explained MARBS is presenting Muttstock this year. Newly created, MARBS allows organizers to work as non-profit charity. Continue reading Bring your dog to Eastwood’s favourite fest Muttstock has entertainment for dogs and owners
Interested in learning the finer points of parasol dueling? Or perhaps you’d like to join other festival goers in eating cereal and watching cartoons? For those who love science fiction and fantasy, Pure Speculation Festival has a new home this year at Alberta Avenue Community League from July 28-29.
Brent Jans, festival chair, described the festival as “a small fan-organized speculative fiction science fiction fantasy event, but we will talk about anything the Hugo gives awards for: TV, movies, or graphic novels.” Continue reading Dive into science fiction and fantasy Pure Speculation Festival finds a home on the Ave
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.
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.
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.