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May092017

Come Bang Your Drum with Fat Cat 

The Interior Savings Fat Cat Children’s Festival is launching a special “Bang Your Drum” project that includes a series of drum workshops every Tuesday evening at the Rotary Centre for the Arts and will culminate in a giant drum circle that will have the community join in a common beat at the annual Festival taking place at Waterfront Park June 9 & 10.

“This has been a long-term vision, to have giant community drum circle at the Festival,” says artistic director Dorothee Birker. “The beat of drums is so elemental and we as humans all respond to them at our very core.  It is quite magical to be an integral part of something that is yet so much bigger than us.  With one giant circle we are all connected, and yet we are and open and welcoming to each other’s differences. Within the circle, you quickly realize you need drums of all types, shapes and sizes to create a full, rich sound and you appreciate the tenor and quality of those sounds co-mingling.” 
The Drum Circle will feature over 200 drums and percussion instruments, with facilitators from a variety of cultural backgrounds, including First Nations, Djembe, Middle Eastern, African, Brazillian and Japanese, sharing their rhythms. 
In preparation for the Drum Circles at the Festival, the Festival is hosting a series of drum workshops at the Rotary Centre for the Arts each Tuesday in May from 5:30 – 7:30 pm where everyone, young and old, are invited to come and learn about different drumming styles, and how to drum for free.  Participants will also have the opportunity to help build instruments for the sound sculpture that will be featured at the Festival as part of the Bang Your Drum project. 
“Please come and join us and Bang Your Drum with Fat Cat,” invites Birker.  “This project is a great way to have the community come together to celebrate the creativity, diversity and richness of our valley by joining drums and people of all cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds into a common beat.”
The festival this year celebrates the people and events of the region with its theme ‘Okanagan Stories” and features two full days of entertainment, learning and creativity, plus a fabulous parade.  To find out more about the Festival, or to get involved as a volunteer or to be part of an activity station or the parade, check out www.fatcatfestival.ca.  
      
The Interior Savings Fat Cat Children’s Festival is an interactive Festival that celebrates children, creativity and community.  The Festival is produced by the Children's Festival Society of Kelowna and takes place June 9 & 10 at Waterfront Park.   
 
In Brief: 
Bang Your Drum project at the Interior Savings Fat Cat Children’s Festival celebrates creativity, diversity and richness of our valley by joining drums and people of all cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds into a common beat.
Giant Drum Circle will be featured at the festival on Friday June 9 @ 10:00 am and 12:00 noon and on Saturday, June 10 @ 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm
Community Drum Workshops will be held at the Rotary Centre for the Arts May 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  All ages are welcome and participation is free. 
For more information, please contact Dorothee Birker at 250-860-4911 or fatcatfestival@gmail.com or check out the website www.fatcatfestival.ca. 

 

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