Winter festival celebrates living art

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It’s time for a celebration of living things, but not just any living things, the living art of storytelling.

The University of British Columbia Living Things festival runs from Jan. 27 to Feb. 5 and features performances created bystudents in Creative Studies as well as national and international performers.

The festival will be held at the Rotary Centre for the Arts and entails “shadow puppetry, object theatre and an unusual look at flipbooks combined with visual art experiments, pop-up electronic music and laser-dance parties in the downtown streets,”according to a Living Things release.

Festival Creator and associate professor Neil Cadger came up with the idea of Living Things because he thought Kelowna neededa winter festival.

“I liked the idea of puppets and masks,” he said.

The festival also hosts animated film nights on Jan. 11, Jan. 18 and Feb. 1 at the Mary Irwin Theatre. The film nights start at 7p.m. and run for about an hour, screening from the National Film Board and the Underground Puppet Film Festival.

After the Feb. 1 showing, there will be a special talk with Vancouver arist Geoffrey Farmer.

Cadger recommends the festival for ages eight and up and hopes to see the Mary Irwin’s theatre seats filled.

The closing night party is held on Feb. 4, following the Caws and Effect performance, and is $10 at the door or free with a LivingThings performance ticket.

Tickets are available online at or can be purchased through the centre box office at 250-717-5304.

Tickets are available at the door for the films and can be purchased for $7.

To find out more about Living Things visit the website.


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