InPrint: Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival announces lineup

Although the weather could definitely be better, this Kelowna summer is shaping up to be one of the best summers for the city yet! On any night of the week there is so much to do and now you can add one more date to your event calendar: The Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival taking place on August 13th.

The Downtown Kelowna Association held a press conference on July 15th to announce their line up and to give the public a sneak peek at what they can expect to see at the Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival.

The event is set to replace the Mardi Gras Street Festival that has taken place in Downtown Kelowna in previous years and will see the site moving from Bernard Ave. to Kerry Park through to Stuart Park.

With a focus on culture, music and food, the site will feature many different areas featuring activities, exhibits and entertainment for any age.

And what would a Festival be without music? The Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival will feature two separate stages – the Kerry Park Stage presented by Festivals Kelowna and the Stuart Park Main Stage.

Tambura RasaThere will be a large diversity of entertainment spread amongst the two stages featuring cultural performance groups such as Banat Al Raks Belly Dancers, Tai Chi Fan Dancers, and Funky Loops Samba Batucada as well as live music by Jeff Bryant, Windborn, Watasun, and Kinship.

Tambura Rasa are set to end off the Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival. This five-piece group (7 including their dancers) are a buoyant cultural cross-pollination that fuses contemporary grooves and traditional rhythms into one energetic musical brand all their own!  You can be guaranteed that Tambura Rasa will have the entire Fusion Festival crowd up and dancing by the end of the night.

In the next few weeks leading up to Fusion, Festivals Kelowna will be announcing their remaining line up for the Kerry Park Stage and there will be plenty of other announcements made so be sure to check the Fusion Festival website for all the latest Festival information.

The Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival taking place in Kerry Park through Stuart park on Saturday, August 13th will kick off at 11am and will feature programming right until 10pm. The event is family friendly and free to attend. For more information visit

To read the full article, pick up a copy of today’s (Thursday, July 21, 2011) Kelowna Capital News.

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