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(UPDATE: Aug 22 @ 11:05 am) - Due to the ongoing wildfire situation in the Central Okanagan, the Imagine Pandosy Art Festival has been tentatively rescheduled for Sept. 17.
(Original story: July 26 @ 5:30 am) - The KLO Neighbourhood Association (KLONA) is gearing up to host the third Imagine Pandosy Art Festival.
With a block party atmosphere, there will be art exhibitions, food trucks, activities for kids and live music at SOPA Square on Aug. 27 from 10 am to 4 pm.
Paul Clark, the president of KLONA, says the upcoming event will be 30-40% bigger than last year’s, which had over 2,000 people in attendance.
“We will be having more exhibits set up along the boulevard of Pandosy Street, not just inside SOPA Square in the courtyard and not just in the parking lot, but along the street as well,” Clark explains. “The number of artists and artisans is certainly 40, and maybe even 50.”
Two nearby art galleries will be participating in the Gallery Stroll, where they will host special events on the day of the festival.
SOPA Fine Arts, which showcases contemporary Canadian art, will have a DJ, and Gallery 421 will have live music as well as painting and sculpture demonstrations from professional Canadian artists.
The Imagine Pandosy Art Festival will also feature live music, with performances by Cod Gone Wild, an Okanagan Celtic band, and Andrew Smith, a tap-style guitarist.
“This is a dream of mine, to have art in the Pandosy area,” Clark adds. “We’ve got quite eclectic little stores here and a quaint area to walk around, and now we have a beautiful waterfront park.”
Clark encourages the community to attend the festival and then head over to Kelowna's newest waterfront park for the evening.
KLONA is a registered non-profit society, and the festival is free to attend.