Final day of Penticton’s Ignite the Arts Festival

Performances all day at 5 venues, ending the festival with an after party at Slackwater Brewing

A nine-day celebration of arts and culture comes to an end tonight, April 3 in Penticton with a feeling of success and pride.

The inaugural Ignite the Arts Festival began at Cannery Brewing March 25 with the mini-mural reveal opening night party and wraps up tonight with a free show at the Cannery Brewing, put on by Bran Sanders from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Then the volunteer and artist After Party truly caps off the festival at Slackwater Brewing starting at 6 p.m. to close.

More than 1,000 people — from artists to volunteers and community members —helped make the festival come alive throughout venues in Penticton.

Cannery Brewing, The Dream Café, Penticton Art Gallery, Tempest Theatre and Slackwater Brewing hosted the Saturday and Sunday shows. Each location featured revolving musical acts, with each talent preforming two times over the course of the weekend to guarantee you will have the chance to see all your favourites.

Taking place at the Cannery Brewing this morning was a drum circle and African Dance, followed by Little Fox and Farnsworth and Co.

Shows are taking place all day at Penticton Art Gallery, Tempest Theatre, Slackwater and Dream Cafe.

Check out the schedule here.

Saturday’s Sculpture contest got the creative juices flowing with a car sculpture and world-inspired piece emerging victorious as the co-winners of the competition. The pieces and the artists will be back at Okanagan Lake Park today at 1 p.m. if you want to view them.

READ MORE: Creativity shines at Ignite the Arts’ Sculpture Contest in Penticton

Saturday also saw art galleries, studios and pop ups participate in the Lake-to-Lake Art Walk.

“Team Harmony” created their sculpture with Ukraine on their minds. “Because of the Ukraine situation right now, it’s time to sit down, be at peace and think about all the people over there,” local artist Pat Field said. The seat was made out of driftwood from Similkameen River. (Logan Lockhart Western News)

“Team Harmony” created their sculpture with Ukraine on their minds. “Because of the Ukraine situation right now, it’s time to sit down, be at peace and think about all the people over there,” local artist Pat Field said. The seat was made out of driftwood from Similkameen River. (Logan Lockhart Western News)

A total of 70 performances across six different Penticton venues make up the event, which is scheduled to end with the after-party at Slackwater Brewing Sunday night.

Penticton Art Gallery curator Paul Crawford told the Western News that he expects the final turnout number to be well over 1,000 people who attended the various shows and events.

READ MORE: Inaugural edition of Ignite the Arts Festival lights up Penticton

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