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Festivals Kelowna starts to roll out Canada 150 projects

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April 14, 2017 - 3:49 PM

KELOWNA– Planning for fun ways to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial year has been underway at Festivals Kelowna for the past two years and now the society is ready to launch the first of their projects this month. “150 Banners for 150 Years by 150 Citizens” is the start to a series of events and activities designed to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday and engage Kelowna’s citizens all year long.

“’150 Banners’ is one of about eleven projects we will be rolling out this year in honour of Canada’s Sesquicentennial,” explains Renata Mills, Executive Director of Festivals Kelowna. “We are inviting 150 citizens to paint 150 banners depicting Canadian imagery and their own interpretation of “My Canada” - it's past, present, and future.”

Working within 10 broad themes, community members will paint their own personal vision onto a canvas within such themes as Our Provinces, Agriculture, Technology, Prominent People of Canada, Arts & Culture, Diversity and more.  People can sign up on www.Eventbrite.com for one of 11 workshops that will be held on various days at OPUS Arts Supplies on Ellis Street.  All painting supplies will be provided thanks to the generosity of Canadian Heritage, the City of Kelowna, and OPUS Arts Supplies and there is room for a maximum of 10 people per workshop. Workshops will be 3 hours in length and people should plan to complete their banner during this time so as to accommodate other participants.

“This is going to be such a fun project that we are encouraging people to come on their own or sign up a group of friends or family and make a night of it,” enthuses Lisa Brown, Project Coordinator for Festivals Kelowna. “As an artist myself, I love the idea of encouraging people to explore their inner artist in a way that isn’t intimidating or daunting.”  Participants are welcome to bring along pictures or other items to provide inspiration and local artists will be onsite to assist during the workshops.

The finished banners will be hung at local Canada 150 events throughout the summer and returned to participants in late September to keep as a memento of their role in this milestone in our Country's history.

A very special thank you to the Department of Canadian Heritage for their support of this project / Ce projet est financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada.


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