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Arts Council of the Central Okanagan is a resource centre and advocate for the arts in Kelowna and Central Okanagan. Find us at:
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Kelowna, BC V1Y 9L4
Phone: 250.861.4123
Fax: 250.861.4155
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Spirit Festival

First Annual Central Okanagan Spirit Festival

February 1 - 28, 2011: See below for a complete list of events.

Spirit Festival

BC Spirit FestivalsThe first annual Central Okanagan Spirit Festival is a brand new event to the Central Okanagan region, which will be open for all to enjoy and celebrate during the entire month of February 2011. Festival events and performances will provide attendees with an exciting opportunity for exploration, participation and enjoyment for all ages and all levels of art and cultural knowledge and experiences.

"This is going to be a great event and a strong boost for our local artists," says Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson. "The Arts Council does outstanding work and I know this will be a success."

With funding received from the provincial government through the Assembly of the BC Arts Councils, the Central Okanagan Spirit Festival, presented by the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan (ARTSCO), is a celebration of our community's artistic and cultural diversity.

"We have so many excellent artists in the Kelowna area," says Kelowna- Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. "Supporting groups like the Arts Council enables them to fully realize their talents."

The Central Okanagan Spirit Festival is an exciting collaborative undertaking between ARTSCO and Central Okanagan arts and cultural and heritage organizations, which include visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, and culinary arts. Events are multi-faceted and incorporate prologue, performance, educational workshops, tours, and displays throughout the Central Okanagan. Valley wide events will be held across Lake Country, Kelowna, and Peachland, BC.

"The Kelowna Spirit Festival will give us all a reason to celebrate in February," says Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart. "The range of events means there will be something for everyone to enjoy."

In addition, the Central Okanagan Spirit Festival will honour our cultural heritage through the sharing of indigenous values and philosophies and through the story telling of aboriginal artistic works. The culture and heritage festival component will provide the public the opportunity to explore local heritage sites that have aided in the forming of our local culture.

The Central Okanagan Spirit Festival also encourages local artists to present new and original creations through artistic expression, and to celebrate global artistic contributions through performance, education and display.

Contributing arts organizations participating in the Central Okanagan Spirit Festival will include Westside Plein Aire Group, Lake Country Museum/Heritage & Culture Society, Okanagan Symphony, Okanagan Institute, Chamber Music Kelowna, Lake Country Art Gallery, Okanagan Arts Awards, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Youth Orchestra, Conduit Festival, Alternator Gallery, Ballet Kelowna, Global Music Fest, and Central Okanagan Regional Libraries.

Participants of all ages are encouraged to partake and enjoy in the Central Okanagan Spirit Festival. Many events will be free of charge. Ticketed events will vary in price; up to approximately $35. Attendees will be encouraged to attend all components of the Okanagan Spirit Festival with acknowledgement given at each event in a passport system, leading to chances for rewards at the end of the festival.

The excitement will also grow as each Central Okanagan Spirit Festival activity event leads to the next one, culminating with the fabulous grand finale - the Okanagan Arts Awards Celebration (now in its fourth year).

The aim of the Central Okanagan Spirit Festival is to serve as a platform to showcase BC's creative sector and open new doors connecting Okanagan communities to their local artists and arts organizations and to become a long term, community engaged cultural celebration, fostering community pride through cultural diversity: providing access to learning, sharing, and participating in our artistic and cultural development.

Passports are available at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave; Kelowna


EVENTS


Passport Event:
Event: RELATIONS
Dates: February 1 - February 27
Times: Wednesdays 10am-8pm, Thursdays & Fridays 10am-4pm, Saturdays & Sundays 11am-3pm
Venue: Lake Country Art Gallery
Website: lakecountryartgallery.blogspot.com
Contact info: Janet Anderson
Phone: 250-766-1299
E-mail: lakecountryartgallery@telus.net
Tickets: Admission is free


Passport Event:
Event: EXPRESS
Dates: February 3rd and 17th
Times: 5pm
Venue: Bohemian Cafe, 524 Bernard Ave, Kelowna
Website: http://www.okanaganinstitute.com
E-mail: info@okanaganinstitute.com
Tickets: $2 at the door


Passport Event:
Event: WINDOWS - New Exhibition by Sue Bizecki
Dates: February 4, 2011 - March 19, 2011
Opening Reception Friday February 4, 2011 7pm Free to the Public Venue: The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.
103-421 Cawston Ave;Kelowna BC
Website: www.alternatorgallery.com
For more information contact Heather Martin info@alternatorgallery.com
Phone: 250-868-2298
Tickets: Admission is free


Passport Event:
Event: conduit presents: ECOTONE
Dates: February 5th
Times: 4pm-2am
Venue: 421 Cawston ave. Rotary center for the Arts
Website: kelownaconduit.com
Contact info: Gabe Cipes- Artistic Director
Phone: 778 477 5518
E-mail: okanaganconduit@gmail.com
Tickets: $10 by donation at the door


Event: KIM MCMECHAN
Dates: Feb. 5, 2011
Times: 7 pm
Venue: Streaming Cafe
Website: http://www.streamingcafe.net
Contact info: 596 Leon Ave. Kelowna, B.C. Canada
Phone: 250-980-0002
E-mail: info@streamingcafe.net
Tickets: Admission is free


Passport Event:
Event: AFIARA STRING QUARTET
Dates: Tuesday February 8th
Times: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Mary Irwin Theatre - Rotary Centre for the Arts
Website: www.chambermusickelowna.ca
Contact info: Brian Hobbs
Phone: 250-491-0351
E-mail: behobbs@shaw.ca
Tickets: Rotary Centre for the Arts - 250-717-5304
421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 6Z1


Passport Event:
Event: AT HOME WITH BALLET KELOWNA
A glimpse behind the curtain!
Dates: Friday February 11, 2011
Times: 8:30-10:00 Observe Company Class
10:15-12:15 Watch a rehearsal.
12:15-1:15 Meet the Dancers
1:15-3:00 Watch a rehearsal
3:00 Meet the Dancers & get autographs
Venue: Ballet Kelowna Studio 2303 Leckie Road
Website: www.BalletKelowna.ca
Contact info: info@BalletKelowna.ca
Phone: 250-762-6105
E-mail: info@BalletKelowna.ca
Tickets: Donations at the door
Other: Light refreshments will be served


Passport Event:
Event: ROMANZA
Singing of love, conquest, betrayal and heartache, from a melting serenade to a spine tingling 'high C', the tenor voice romances.
Dates: Feb 12 2011
Times: 7:30PM Opening at 6:30PM is Julie Masi Band
Venue: Rotary Centre for the Arts ~ Mary Irwin Theatre
Website: www.RotaryCentrefortheArts.com
Contact info: Shelly Vida
Phone: 250-717-5304 x105
E-mail: svida@rotarycentreforthearts.com
Tickets: www.selectyourtickets.com


Event: PEACHLAND SPIRIT FESTIVAL OF ARTS & CULTURE
An exciting week of enriching culture events for everyone!
Dates: Feb 14 - 20, 2011
Venue: Peachland- see website
Website: http://www.pcartscouncil.com/events.htm


Passport Event:
Event: ALPHA YA YA DIALLO
Alpha Yaya Diallo is one of the most inspired and inspirational artists on the World Beat circuit today, performing in French, English and his native Guinean languages of Foulani and Souso.
Dates: Feb 17 2011
Times: 7:30PM Opening at 6:30PM is Sista B & the Boyz
Venue: Rotary Centre for the Arts - Mary Irwin Theatre
Website: www.RotaryCentrefortheArts.com
Contact info: Shelly Vida
Phone: 250-717-5304 x105
E-mail: svida@rotarycentreforthearts.com
Tickets: www.selectyourtickets.com


Event: MATTHEW JOEL BAND WITH TWO BICYCLES
Dates: Feb. 19, 2011
Times: 7 pm
Venue: Streaming Cafe
Website: http://www.streamingcafe.net
Contact info: 596 Leon Ave. Kelowna, B.C. Canada
Phone: 250-980-0002
E-mail: info@streamingcafe.net
Tickets: Admission is free


Passport Event:
Event: SPIRIT OF OKANAGAN HERITAGE
Free guided Heritage Tours of the Lake Country Museum.
Dates: February 21st and 23rd, 2011
Times: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Venue: Lake Country Museum, 11255 Okanagan Centre Road West, Lake Country BC
Website: www.lakecountrymuseum.com
Contact info: Shannon Jorgenson, Manager
Phone: 250-766-0111
E-mail: lcmuseum@shaw.ca
Tickets: Admission is free


Passport Event:
Event: OKANAGAN ARTS AWARDS
Dates: February 23, 2011
Times: 5:00pm
Venue: Kelowna Community Theatre (KCT
Website: http://www.okanaganartsawards.com
Contact info: Elke Lange, Executive Director, ARTSCO
Phone: 250-861-4123
E-mail:info@artsco.ca
Tickets: www.selectyourtickets.com


Passport Event:
Event: BITTERGIRL
Bittergirl is the smart, funny, cathartic and universally recognizable, smash hit comedy about getting dumped that has toured to London, England, New York City and had three sold out runs in Toronto.
Dates: Feb 24-26
Times: 7:30PM
Venue: Rotary Centre for the Arts ~ Mary Irwin Theatre
Website: http://www.RotaryCentrefortheArts.com
Contact info: Shelly Vida
Phone: 250-717-5304 X105
E-mail: svida@rotarycentreforthearts.com
Tickets: www.selectyourtickets.com


Passport Event:
Event: WESTSIDE PLEIN AIRE ART GROUP PAINTING THE WESTSIDE
Date: February 25-27, 2011
Times: Feb. 25th Opening Night 7pm
- Feb. 26th Painting Demonstration 1:30 -3:30pm
- Feb. 27th Painting Demonstration 1:30 -3:30pm
Venue: Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy .
3509 Carrington Road, Westbank, BC OKANAGAN GRILL + BAR
Website: www.winecountrystudios.ca
Contact info: Louise Lambert
Phone: 250-212-3674
E-mail: llambert@winecountrystudios.ca
Tickets: Admission is free


Passport Event:
Event: YOUTH SYMPHONY OF THE OKANAGAN
Dates: Saturday, February 26, 2011
Times: 2:00 pm
Venue: First Lutheran Church, 4091 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna
Website: www.youthsymphonyokanagan.com
Contact info: Tim Watson
Phone: 250-317-6245
E-mail: trumpetwatson@shaw.ca
Tickets: Tickets available at the door (1:00 pm onward) or from YSO members


Passport Event:
Event: HEAVY METAL  
Dates: Monday, February 28, 2011 
Times: 12:00 noon
Venue: Rotary Centre for the Arts.
Website: www.okanagansymphony.com
Contact info: Scott Wilson
Phone: (250) 763-7544
E-mail: scott@okanagansymphony.com   
  Tickets: Suggested donation at the door of $10/person


Passport Event:
Event: FANFARE AT THE SILVER MOUNTAIN 
Date: Monday, February 28, 2011  
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: National Altitude Training Centre Auditorium at Silver Star Mountain
Website: www.okanagansymphony.com
Contact info: Scott Wilson
Phone: (250) 763-7544
E-mail: scott@okanagansymphony.com   


Passport Event:
Event: Global Music Fest: Shane Koyczan, Malibu Knights, Ryan Donn, Cameron Welch.
Dates: Feb 26th
Times: 7pm
Venue: Laurel Building
Website: http://www.globalcitizenkelowna.orgt
Contact info: Ryan Donn
Phone: #250-878-1254
E-mail: info@ryandonn.com
Tickets: Leo's Video (go on sale Jan 28th).
Ticket Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door


Event: ART IS {HOPE} Presents : The documentary 'AN ORPHAN'S DREAM'
& LIVE in Concert Andrew Smith | Norm Strauss | Kim McMechan | Graham Ord + local artisan art sale
Date: Friday, February 25th
Times: 6:30PM Doors Open | 7PM Show
Venue: Emmanuel Church - 2600 Hebert Road, Westbank, BC. V4T 2J6
Website: www.globalcitizenkelowna.org
Contact info: Sheri McConnell
Phone: 250-869-9266
E-mail: sheri@musecreative.ca
Tickets: $5 Door Cover


Event: ASH GRUNWALD
Dates: Saturday, February 12
Times: 8:oo pm
Venue: The Minstrel Cafe & Bar
Website: http://minstrelcafe.com/
Contact info: Clare Anderson
Phone:250-764-2301
E-mail:info@minstrelcafe.com
Tickets: The Minstrel Cafe $10 entertainment charge


Event: MOBADDASS
Dates: Tuesday, February 15
Times: 8:00 pm
Venue:The Minstrel Cafe & Bar
Website: http://minstrelcafe.com/
Contact info: Clare Anderson
Phone: 250-764-2301
E-mail:info@minstrelcafe.com
Tickets: The Minstrel Cafe $10 entertainment charge


Event: JACK SEMPLE
Dates: Wednesday, February 16 & Thursday, February 17
Times:8:00 pm
Venue:The Minstrel Cafe & Bar
Website: http://minstrelcafe.com/
Contact info: Clare Anderson
Phone:250-764-2301
E-mail:info@minstrelcafe.com
Tickets: The Minstrel Cafe $15 / advanced ticket


Event: C.R. AVERY
Dates: Saturday, February 19
Times: 8:00pm
Venue:The Minstrel Cafe & Bar
Website: http://minstrelcafe.com/
Contact info: Clare Anderson
Phone: 250-764-2301
E-mail:info@minstrelcafe.com
Tickets: The Minstrel Cafe $10 entertainment charge


Event: Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs (comedy)
Dates: February 3 to 27, 2011 & A Special Valentines Day Show Monday, Feb. 14
Times: Thursday to Sunday - Dinner 6:30/Show 8pm; Sat. matinee at 1pm
Venue: Kelowna Actors Studio, 1379 Ellis Street, Kelowna - Dinner or Dessert Options Only
Website: www.KelownaActorsStudio.com
Phone: 250-862-2867
E-mail: info@KelownaActorsStudio.com
Tickets: Phone for prices


Event:      Canada Post and Hambleton Galleries Presents! Three New Postage Stamps by Daphne Odjig
Dates:      Saturday, February 26, 2011
Times:      1:00 - 3:00 PM
Venue:      Hambleton Galleries 1290 Ellis Street, Kelowna BC
Website:   www.hambletongalleries.com
Contact info: Stewart Turcotte
Phone:      250-860-2498
E-mail:     info@hambletongalleries.com
Ticket:     Free Admission
Daphne Odjig will be in attendance
Occasion will also be show and sale of works by Daphne Odjig
Refreshments will be served
Lucky attendees may win first day printings of the stamps!!!!


Event: Introduction to the Art of Bellydancing!
By Annie Beserekian and performance by "The Goddesses of the Nile"
Dates: February 16, 2011
Times: 8 ­ 9 pm
Venue: Dance Studio at the Rotary Centre for The Arts, 421 Cawston
Website: http://www.yogabellydancing.com
Contact info: Annie Beserekian
Phone: Annie Beserekian: 250-860-8789 or RCA: 250-717-5304
E-mail: bellydancingannie@mail.com
Ticket: FREE


Event: Inspired Word Cafe
Dates: Thursday February 24th
Times: 7- 9pm
Venue: Streaming Café: 596 Leon Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6J6
Website: http://www.streamingcafe.net
Contact info: Rawle James
Phone: Rawle James (250) 860-2787 Streaming Cafe 250-980-0002
E-mail: rjames@digitalartschool.com
Ticket: admission is purchase of a coffee and muffin


Event: Global Citizen Kelowna presents: "Taste of Home" a celebration of our culturally diverse community. Taste of Home is the "kick-off" event for Global Citizen Kelowna Week and is hosted by the Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan. It's an evening of ethnic food and entertainment geared for the whole family to enjoy.
Date: Saturday, February 19, 2011
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Venue: New Life Auditorium, 2041 Harvey Ave., Kelowna
Tickets: Admission to this event is free. Food Sampling Tickets are $1 each. Save the planet- bring your own plate!
Contact: Joyce Brinkerhoff at 250-470-9131
E-mail: jbrinker@shaw.ca
Website: http://www.globalcitizenkelowna.org/2011-events/taste-of-home
The evening is part of the celebrations during Global Citizen Week Kelowna which runs from February 19 to 26.


Event: Okanagan Choral Society -Capilano University Singers
Singing renaissance masters to 20th Century folk gospel
Venue: Christ Lutheran church
Kelowna ­ Gordon Drive
Date: February 12, 2011 -Saturday Evening 
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Website: www.okanaganchoralsociety.com
Tickets $ 15.00 adults at Mosaic Books, Lee Music and Paramount Music (children and youth under 18 free)



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