Immerse Yourself In The Arts At Kaleidoscope
COQUITLAM, BC, July 16, 2016 – Town Centre Park will be alive with music, storytelling, visual arts, theatre and dance on July 23 and 24 when Coquitlam hosts Kaleidoscope, a free two-day festival in celebration of the City’s 125th anniversary.
Coquitlam’s Kaleidoscope festival will be the place to both enjoy and participate in all aspects of the arts for free, from listening to storytellers and big-name musical acts, to creating art, to watching dancers and theatre performances. Ten food trucks offering tasty treats from around the world and local craft breweries, Moody Ales and Yellow Dog Brewing, will also be onsite. Festival-goers should expect surprises around every corner, with roving historical characters and pop-up theatre and choral performances throughout the festival site.
The main Plaza Stage is expected to draw crowds with the likes of Jim Byrnes, Greg Drummond, Odds, The Boom Booms and Yukon Blonde. Others on the roster include Brickhouse, Blackthorn, The Canoe Quintet, Cassandra Bangel, The Katherines, and the Coquitlam Youth Orchestra.
The Dance Stage will bring the world of dance to Coquitlam. Performers include Surrey Dance Company’s professional dancers, Omnika in Motion’s acrobatics and aerial arts, and the cultures of China (Lorita Leung Dance Company), Mexico (Caudillos del Sur Dance Ensemble), Hungary (Forrás Hungarian Dance Ensemble), Spain (Toque Flamenco), and Ukraine (Tropak and Vostok).
At the Story Café, visitors can sip wine or coffee while enjoying storytelling, theatre, author readings, poetry and music performances. Well-known names include award-winning author and seasoned storyteller Ivan Coyote, author and singer/songwriter Joyelle Brandt, and author and comedian Charles Demers of CBC radio’s The Debaters.
Other Story Café highlights include Persian Poetry in Motion 3, a project of the Hafez Literature Club featuring poetry, storytelling, dance and music, and a plein air competition on July 23, when up to 20 artists will have three hours to complete a painting. Members of the public will be invited to vote for their favourite on July 24.
In recognition of the City’s 125th birthday, many activities will have a Coquitlam flair, including characters from the City’s past, local historians sharing their real-life Coquitlam stories, and the Coquitlam Trail, an interactive heritage trivia walk. During the Opening Ceremonies, the City will also unveil the 12 hand-painted salmon sculptures that will be installed around the community later this year as a public art and Coquitlam 125 legacy project.
Festival attendees can indulge their inner artist with hands-on activities, including dry point print making, painting street art with mural artist Kris Kupskay, creating designs for the ancient Indian art form of Rangoli, and henna tattoos.
For the children, there will be arts and crafts andbook readings from authors Tiffany Stone and Jamie Windle.
The City of Coquitlam gratefully acknowledges Kaleidoscope’s many corporate and community partners including the Government of Canada, Global BC, Tri-City News, snapd Tri-Cities, CKPM FM (Tri-City Radio), Coquitlam Centre, Westcoast Plastic Recycling Inc., Genuine Media, Black Bond Books, Caffé Divano, Coquitlam Public Library, Coquitlam Farmers Market, Moody Ales, Spin Key Media, and Yellow Dog Brewing.
More details and the schedule can be found at www.coquitlam125.ca/kaleidoscope.
Limited parking will be available on site. Those attending are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or use transit.
About Coquitlam 125
Coquitlam is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016 with a year-long celebration that honours the community’s rich history and sets the stage for a dynamic future.
When Coquitlam was incorporated on July 25, 1891, it was a small agricultural community, with a state-of-the-art lumber mill – the future Fraser Mills – under construction near the Fraser River. French Canadians settled in the area in the early 1900s and established Maillardville, the largest Francophone centre west of the Rockies. Today, Coquitlam is home to over 140,000 people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and over 6,200 businesses.
The Coquitlam 125 Anniversary Steering Task Force (CAST Force) is guided by the Coquitlam 125 vision – Stories told, stories to be created – as it engages the community through meaningful experiences that celebrate our heritage, create strong connections and inspire lasting legacies towards an exciting future.
For more information, visit www.coquitlam125.ca.
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Manager, Corporate Communications
City of Coquitlam
604-927-3019 (office) or 604-218-1319 (cell)