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Press Release: 2011-09-02


Local culture groups work together to form major fall festival

Kitchener, ON – Over the last several months local arts and culture groups have met to work on a collaborative project which combines five annual arts and culture events. Their culminated efforts have resulted in a major collaboration and creation of one major event in downtown Kitchener this fall – Kitchener ON.

With the support of the Downtown Kitchener BIA and the Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation, and with The Walper Terrace at the official Hotel Partner, five local arts groups includingCAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum for Kitchener and Area), IMPACT (International Multicultural Platform for Alternative Contemporary Theatre), KOI Music FestivalTHEMUSEUM and The Society for Science, Literature and the Arts are combining their efforts and collaborating to present their events under one marketing banner. Kitchener ON 2011 includes all events that take place in downtown Kitchener and together they will work towards igniting excitement and attendance in the community.

“This fall Waterloo Region is energized and vibrant with this great collaboration of international and one-of-a-kind events,” says Tracey Desjardins, the ED of the WRTMC. “Waterloo Region and Kitchener ON, will be showcasing incredible Canadian and international artists providing an authentic experience for tourists and residents. By working together to cross-promote these unique events we create lasting memories and experiences for our guests. Return visitation and overnight packaged partnerships keep tourists here longer resulting in more economic return for the community.”

Breanna Scott, Communications and Event Coordinator for the Downtown BIA said, “Downtown Kitchener has a very strong and diverse arts and culture community, it excites us to see these 5 local arts groups coming together appealing  to a broader market. This reinforces downtown as a destination for the arts and helps to showcase all that our membership has to offer.”

Each individual event has dates that fall between September 17 - 25 2011. A summary of each event is listed below and more information can be found at

CAFKA: Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area
The Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (CAFKA) presents an exhibition of contemporary art projects in a variety of public spaces and in the galleries and museums of the Region.  CAFKA creates experiences that are unexpected, surprising and memorable – featuring over 20 installations, performances and projections that are intended to stimulate feelings, provoke thoughts and begin conversations. 

IMPACT: International Multicultural Platform for Alternative Contemporary Theatre
IMPACT 11 presents the best theatre from three continents, the latest in Canadian intercultural theatre and a wealth of opportunities to engage with over 100 performing artists from around the world.  After its successful and audacious inaugural year in 2009, IMPACT returns in September 2011 and will bring together the local and the international, the emerging and the established, the traditional and the contemporary! This year the festival will present companies from Colombia, Lebanon and Canada. It will also host the national conference titled Staging Displacement: Producing and Presenting Difference.   

RAM: Rethinking Art & Machine
RAM is a one-of-a-kind art exhibition that showcases pioneer artists who have addressed the relationship between art and electronic technology, light, graphics, robots, and virtual reality.  Though installations, the audience will learn how each artist integrates their personal life experiences through human-computer interactions and the humanization of machines. RAM is an interactive exhibit. A wide body of work will be presented from each artist, allowing the audience to understand the impact of evolving technology as it relates directly to the artist and their own personal vision and message. 

KOI Music Festival (September 17 Only)
The Kitchener Ontario Independent Music Festival is a massive one day event that brings independent music to the fore front. As music is extremely underserviced in Waterloo Region, KOI strives to get people out in their community experiencing their homegrown talent while using national and international touring artists as festival headliners to broaden the appeal. Throughout this one day festival 150 bands will perform at various indoor venues and on 3 outdoor stages. King St. is closed down to make way for a vendor park, street corners are used as performance spaces and every inch of downtown is animated with entertainment.

SLSA: The Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (25th Annual Conference)
The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts welcomes colleagues in the sciences, engineering, technology, computer science, medicine, the social sciences, the humanities, the arts, and independent scholars and artists. SLSA members share an interest in problems of science and representation, and in the cultural and social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine.

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