One World Awesome Arts Festival December 13

Strathcona Heights youth speak out on global issues in urban arts festival

One World Arts is proud to announce its fifth Awesome Arts Festival which celebrates the end of the Awesome Arts program held in Strathcona Heights over the course of three months this Fall. The program aims to engage and captivate youth on some of the world’s most urgent issues in a dynamic way. This year’s theater, animation, drumming and slam poetry performances feature Strathcona Heights children and youth, ages 5 to 18. Emceed by Slam poet Jamaal Rogers, the evening will also offer performances from internationally-renowned beat-boxer Julia Dales and Triple A, the dynamic drumming group Baobab Youth Performers, Yvon Soglo and his amazing hip hop dancers and more!

The FREE One World Awesome Arts Festival takes place on December 13, 6-8pm at Viscount Alexander Public School, 55 Mann Ave.

“It’s been amazing to see the anticipation from the children each week of the Awesome Arts program; it’s something that they’ve come to look forward to on a weekly basis. They have been working really hard and learning a lot in their respective workshops to prepare for the Awesome Arts Festival. This is going to be an event that you don’t want to miss!” says Gerald Dragon, Youth Engagement Worker, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre.

“More than thirty children and youth have participated in our workshops over the past three months. It is a rewarding program where the end results are not only empowering to the children and youth, but offer unique and thought-provoking performances to the general public at this fun, free festival.” says Micheline Shoebridge, Program Manager for Awesome Arts. The 2012 festival will focus attention on issues such as bullying, recycling, literacy and global warming through plays, animations, drumming and poems created by the Awesome Arts participants.

The festival kicks off at 6pm with performances by the Awesome Arts participants. They will be sharing their animation videos, theatre skits, drumming and performing slam poetry. Following that, the community will be treated to a series of performances by professional artists highlighting some of the best artists in Ottawa in slam poetry, hip hop dance, beatbox, drumming and more.

The 2012 One World Awesome Arts program and festival in Strathcona Heights is offered in partnership with the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre and is funded by the United Way. We are also pleased to have the City of Ottawa, Ontario Arts Council, Salamander Theatre, Carbon Computing and Henry’s as important supporters of One World Awesome Arts.

One World Awesome Arts is a program of One World Arts, an Ottawa non-profit organization that raises awareness about global issues through arts and media.