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Ottawa Lumière Festival’s Evening of Light Celebration Brings Stories to Life in New Edinburgh Park on August 18th
The Lumière Festival’s artistic director, Scott Florence, has chosen the theme of Stories for this year’s Evening of Light Celebration, taking place in New Edinburgh Park, Saturday, August 18th, commencing at 5pm.
Live performances, alongside enchanting visual arts, will animate New Edinburgh Park all the while illuminated via candlelit lanterns alone. A family-friendly event, the Lumière Festival offers entertainment suitable for all ages. Among local artists returning this year are the Fire Weavers, A Company of Fools (performing Henry V), Gillian Kirkland, and Propeller Dance. Some of the new artists in this year’s lineup are the thrilling Gitana Georgia & Istvan Betyar (of The Blue Mushroom Sirkus Psyshow) and the hilarious Giant Seagulls (of Surreal McCoy Street Theatre Company).
The Ottawa Lumière Festival Evening of Light Celebration will take place August 18th beginning at 5pm. Volunteers are welcomed with open arms and are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. For more information and to volunteer please visit www.lumiereottawa.com.
Ottawa Lumière Festival
You\’re invited to our 2nd annual Halloween party!
It\’s a ghoulish evening of fun, live entertainment and dancing. Featuring a haunted house, zombie walk, thriller dance, prizes for best costume and much more.
Friday October 26, 2012
7:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Ukrainian Banquet Hall
1000 Byron Avenue Ottawa, ON K2A 0J3
General Admission $45. Contact the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation to purchase your tickets. [email protected] | 613-238-7711
All proceeds go to support the charities of the ODBF. For more information visit www.dragonboatfoundation.net
Get your tickets before they\’re gone!
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Kimberly McCarthy-Kearney, Ottawa Festivals
I adore chocolate – dark, rich and smooth, it is something that I always find hard to resist. When I was younger I was happy with plain old bars from the racks at the check-outs of most stores, better still if it had peanut butter encased in it somewhere.
It didn’t take me long to expand my horizons. And of course being a grown-up and getting a pay check helped to pay for my more refined and eclectic tastes. Roasted hazelnut purée centres have replaced PB and I have boldly embraced bars infused with ingredients such as sea salt, Earl Grey tea, coriander, lavender buds and other edible blooms.
An open mind is so important. When we limit ourselves to what we know best and are the most comfortable with, we miss out on so much. Ottawa truly is a multi-cultural community and the majority of these amazing cultures gather annually to celebrate all that is wonderful to them – music, dance, art, cuisine and more.
Festivals provide access to world-class international cultural experiences, offering opportunities for people from different cultures to meet and share information, traditions and stories. This helps increase mutual knowledge and understanding and fosters community cohesion – cultural festivals are more influential than other generic activities in terms of building respect, trust and tolerance.
There are far too many fantastic and unique festivals, events and fairs in Ottawa to let yourself get stuck in a groove of attending the same ones year after year. If you’re more of a rocker, try the mellow sounds of some classical music festivals, book worms can check out a film festival – take a step out of your comfort zone my friends.
You’ve nothing to lose except maybe a few dollars in admission fees. What you will gain is perhaps a newfound passion, new friends, and most important a greater understanding and tolerance of our differences.
Kimberly McCarthy-Kearney, Ottawa Festivals
Source: Shade-K on Flickr, used under Creative Commons
Ottawa tops my list of cities for fantastic things to do all year long, of course peaking in the long, sun-soaked days of summer. So I couldn\’t have been happier to get a gig with Ottawa Festivals promoting all these wonderful festivals, events and fairs.
It stands to reason that I just may have some pretty useful tips and recommendations on how to make the most of this crazy, hazy summer festival season.
Collapsible bag-style water bottles, they’re light weight and once you’ve hydrated, stash them in your handbag or knapsack, flat or rolled. Most of them have a carabineer so they can hook to your bag as well, and hopefully make it home.
Sun protection essentials of course – no one wants to spend the summer burnt and peeling, not to mention facing the long-reaching danger of skin cancer. Friends from Australia shared their national motto for sun protection, which I love: Slip on a shirt, Slop on the sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Seek shade, Slide on some sunnies. - \”Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide\”
Comfortable footwear, I’m thinking heels no more than three inches, preferably stacked and definitely not pointed (they are a disaster poking into grass, trust me on this). Sneakers would be acceptable at sporty events but let’s keep a little decorum festival-goers, we needn’t look like … well you know. Men should be aware there are some very decent looking and comfortable deck shoes out there.
Identification/Bank card/Cash – Identification is always important; in these days of identity theft, you never know when you may be called upon to verify exactly who you are. Seriously, it may sound a bit Bourne Identity, but it is happening. Bringing cash and a bank card is just common sense; there are inevitably festival items to purchase and tons of great shopping in Ottawa.
I would be remiss if I didn’t include as a final must-have, our new Ottawa Festivals free mobile app, available for iPhone and Android. It’s on my own mobile and I’m always peeking in to check on this festival or that – confirming venues dates, mapping my routes and instantly adding must-attends to my calendar. Of course you could also use your smart phone to track friends and family, keeping everyone safe and happy!
We are very pleased to announce that the Ottawa Festivals Mobile App is now available for free download and provides users with the ability to instantly access festival resources from any iPhone or Android powered mobile device.
The MyEventApps app, made available in partnership with Ottawa’s very own FaveQuest, is a feature-rich application that provides a number of tools that provide locals and visitors with information about Ottawa’s festivals, special events and fairs. The app includes:
- Updated listings of events with key dates (with the ability to add events to your mobile calendar);
- Links to event webpage and social media sites;
- GPS-enabled maps that allow users to easily obtain precise walking or driving directions to event locations;
- Event descriptions, with videos and photos when available;
- Social Media Integration: users can post events to Facebook and Twitter to let friends know what’s going on;
- Ticketing information and access to online box office when available; and
- The SouvenirCam allows you to snap pictures of your favorite event with a souvenir frame that can be directly shared on Facebook and Twitter.
Get your free download now!
Ottawa’s endless summer of festivals begins in earnest June 14 (that’s today!!). Two majors open, and another two are already under way. So if you are heading out on this warm summer night, you can: check out some quirky experimental theatre; groove with Les Cowoys Fringants at Major’s Hill Park; contemplate a solo dance performance exploring themes of nudity and desire; or head to the Babylon night club for a blast of underground music from Low Culture and Iron Chic.
Read more and view the video clip: Ottawa swings into festival season (with video)
We would like to thank Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre for his kind words!
Ordering & Planting Tulip Bulbs
Each year the offers individuals, businesses and community organizations the unique opportunity to purchase official Tulip Festival bulbs at highly competitive prices through its Paint the Town Tulip fundraising event. Paint the Town Tulip is a wonderful way to be part of The Canadian Tulip Festival’s celebration of spring.
Orders will be available for pick-up at 229 Colonnade Road, Ottawa, in the first week of October, 2012.
Bulbs are sold at special rates in quantities of 20 at $15.00 and 100 at $70.00. Bulk orders can also be placed with further savings. To place an order please complete the attached order form and submit it to [email protected]. Orders must be received no later than August 15th 2012 for planting in this Fall in order to bloom next Spring. Several prizes are planned for various categories of tulip garden for Spring, 2013.