Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Checking out the Edmonton Street Performer's Festival in Winston Churchill Square
The Festival has grown up a lot since those early days, but the spirit at the centre of it remains the same. It's definitely about bringing unique performance art to everyone. The price is the same for everyone - whatever you can afford - and that is fabulous! Now there are Food Trucks and lovely shaded seating areas for those who want to enjoy the atmosphere nearby. I really like the way they have the space laid out. The Food trucks have their own lane and you can scoot over for a green onion cake or butter chicken or whatever else suits you and then head back for more performances in the square. There are face painting stations and a special Kid's section complete with bouncy castles - perfect for the wee ones who might need to stretch their legs after sitting and watching. On Friday, I took in a bit of two performance circles - varied in what they presented. One was a trio of dancers who combined exceptional physicality with a brilliant sense of humour. The other was a juggling type of a performer who you could tell was an expert on engaging the audience and making them feel like they were an important part of his performance.
I've been back since the Opening to catch a glimpse here and there at lunch time of the shows on the square and to get a taste of my favorite festival fare! It's been perfect weather and it looks like it's going to hold for an absolutely wonderful week! Check it out!
A Special Note: For those of you who think that this is a just-for-kids event, I would wager that you would be very impressed by the quality of the acts AND there are special Late Night events on July 11th and 12th at the Stanley Milner Library Theatre hosted by Trevor Schmidt with music by Darrin Hagen. Tickets are required for this and are available in advance. This show is specifically for the grown-ups and starts at 11:11 p.m. both nights!