Diwali in Vernon Final Showcase 2018. (Karen Waltz-Davis photo)

Vernon Diwali festival seeks performers

Those interested in performing in the second annual Diwali festival are asked to sign up by May 31.

The second annual Diwali festival in Vernon is taking place at multiple locations in town this fall, all part of the Diwali festivals occurring provincewide.

The festival is a multicultural showcase of diverse artists from different backgrounds. Planned activities for the week include workshops, discussions, dance performances, musical performances, cultural activities, crafts and a wide range of other possibilities.

Organizers are currently looking for performers, speakers, artists and workshop instructors to participate in the 2019 festival, which runs from Oct. 15 to 19. The proposed activities should be relevant and appropriate to the multicultural themes of the festival and the underlying theme of Diwali, more popularly known as the festival of lights.

The festival aims to showcase artists from Vernon and the Okanagan region. Other national artists visiting Vernon specifically for this festival will also be performing.

The event wraps up with a final show at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., with free pre-show activities starting at 5 p.m.

“We are interested in submissions from a wide range of emerging and established artists with diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, Indigenous, South Asian or South Asian-influenced artists and performers practising traditional or contemporary performing arts,” said organizers. “Artists performing a fusion of cultures will also be considered.”

Solo, duet and group performers are welcome to apply. Dance or music performances can be from five minutes to 20 minutes long. Performances longer than 10 minutes will only be considered from professional artists. Emerging artists are encouraged to keep their performances a maximum of five to 10 minutes in length.

Those interested are asked to submit applications to erin@ticketseller.ca by May 31 at 4 p.m. For more information about the festival or to find out full details of what to include in your application, visit www.diwalibc.ca.

Related: Vernon Diwali festival to shine

Related: First annual Diwali in Vernon kicks off after Thanksgiving

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