Kelowna Kiwanis Festival returns with hybrid format after COVID-19 hiatus – Okanagan


The Kelowna Kiwanis Festival returns for another year, giving Okanagan talent a chance to return to the stage after so many events were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Kiwanis is about children,” said Zonia Arnold, president of the Kelowna Kiwanis Festival.

“We have to give our children a chance to see that even though the pandemic has turned their lives upside down, there is still something in their life that they recognize and know.”

The annual event gives amateur dancers, singers and musicians the chance to perform in front of professionals and get honest feedback.

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“We really believe that we have a responsibility to offer [a chance to perform] to our young performing artists here, ”said Karen Sigurdson, Kelowna Kiwanis Festival communications director.

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To ensure the safety of competitors, the festival will consist of in-person and virtual events. If a competing group is in a dance, choir or concert bubble, they will be allowed to take the stage at the Rotary Center for the Arts or the Creekside Theater without an audience.

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“They come in and do their best performance and then they get written, live feedback from a professional who isn’t their teacher or their parents and that’s what makes it so valuable to them is that they have this chance to practice and do their best and see what a professional thinks, ”Sigurdson said.

To put on a good show, artists must register by January 31 on their website:

The performances will take place:

Dance – Rotary Center for the Arts – February 27 – March 6

Choral – Rotary Center for the Arts – April 11 – 15

Bandaged – Creekside Theater – April 25 – 29

GALA – Rotary Arts Center – May 15

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