The Living Things International Arts Festival brings Kelowna’s arts communities together once a year for an inclusive, winter festival with celebrated live performances from regional, national, and international artists in local venues. Living Things animates venues across Kelowna’s cultural district during the winter season in collaboration with UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, Ballet Kelowna, Bumbershoot Children’s Theatre, the Rotary Centre for the Arts, the Alternator Gallery and Skin and Bones Music Series.
Founded in 2017 by artistic director Neil Cadger, the festival was created to coincide with other winter art festivals in western Canada [PuSh Festival (Vancouver), High Performance Rodeo (Calgary), Pivot Festival (Whitehorse)], profiting from the presence of international touring artists in the region.
For the 2018 festival (our second edition), artists from France, Australia, Toronto, Vancouver, and the Okanagan region will be performing in our Cultural District as well as on UBC’s Okanagan campus. There is something for everyone in the Living Things Festival, from children’s puppet theatre to a challenging, live exploration of what might constitute a ‘foreign radical’ in contemporary Canada. We are also presenting a world premiere jazz trio at the KCT, experimental video and visual art at the New Art Centre, spoken word performances, and other events. Living Things is a new force in Kelowna, offering contemporary, audacious performances that resist traditional categories and demand a playful, inquisitive audience.