From Indigenous puppets to African storytelling, jazz to drag, Kimberley Kaleidoscope has something for everyone


MIKE REDFERN

After the pandemic hiatus caused the cancellation of the Kimberley Kaleidoscope’s last two arts festivals, the event comes back to life from August 20-27 with ten events in eight days featuring the return of several popular acts from previous festivals. and the introduction of some exciting new artists to the Kimberley scene.

Due to ongoing work on the Center 64 roof, some outdoor events have been moved from the Center 64 outdoor stage to Cominco Gardens, including the festival’s opening concert and dance on August 20 with the Hillties, a reggae funk band of 6 musicians. of Nelson with a scorching reputation for turning the party around. Cominco Gardens will also be the site of Tuesday night’s Date Night under the Stars, featuring the smooth sounds of Kimberley jazz band Take Four.

Not all outdoor events will take place at Cominco Gardens. The festival kicks into action on Sunday August 21 with a Kaleidoscope Kids Festival on Platzl. This event for the youngest features two exceptional performers who will appeal to children of all ages and those who are still young at heart. Returning for her third Kaleidoscope appearance, the hugely popular Kiki the Eco Elf will perform songs and interactive games with the audience. After Kiki, there will be the first Kimberley of Gemini appearance by award-winning comedian, voice actor and puppeteer, Der Ric Starlight, with his company of native puppet characters, putting on a puppet show for children of all ages.

Two other award-winning professional artists will make their Kimberley debut Thursday night at the spoken word event at Studio 64. In a show called Grandmama Speaks, Black Canadian storyteller Shayna Jones will perform traditional tales from Africa and Afro – Diaspora folklore accompanied by Canadian-American cellist, Rufus Cappadocia. This exceptional and one-of-a-kind entertainment will be preceded by a series of keynote readings by Kimberley-area writers Nowell Berg, Ruth Ramdin, Heather Wattie, Sheila Milloy and Mike Redfern reading their own works.

Returning to the Center 64 stage after their sensational debut performance at the last Kaleidoscope festival, Calgary’s outrageous and risque drag show troupe Carly’s Angels. Due to construction work on the theater roof, this highly entertaining festival closing performance will take place at Studio 64, so tickets will be limited and advance purchase is recommended.

Between all this entertainment, there will be some learning opportunities. Kimberley ceramicist Helen Robertson will host a pot and sip ceramics workshop on Sunday August 21 and Thursday August 25, and a Paint and Sip painting evening will take place on Wednesday August 24.

The traditional Kaleidoscope Gala will take place as usual on Friday evening when the winning artists of the Kaleidoscope refereed art exhibition, which runs throughout August in the Center 64 gallery, receive their prizes and sponsors and other guests will be able to enjoy what has always been a special celebration of the arts with gourmet snacks and bar service.

Tickets for the events can be obtained at Center 64 or online at the arts council’s website where a detailed program guide is also available. It promises to be a memorable arts festival with something for everyone.

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