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The Living Things International Arts Festival

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The Living Things International Arts Festival
Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster.
Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster.
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.

Founded in 2017 by artistic director Neil Cadger, the festival was created to coincide with other winter art festivals in western Canada – the PuSh Festival (Vancouver), High Performance Rodeo (Calgary), and Pivot Festival (Whitehorse), and so profit from the presence of international touring artists in the region.

Living Things presents contemporary artists employing a wide range of storytelling technologies with a particular interest in puppets, masks and performing objects.

"The Living Things festival fills a vital niche in the Okanagan Valley’s cultural fabric," says Cadger. "The festival will feature boundary-pushing contemporary theatre, music, dance, animated films, visual art and multi-media performances from international artists at the height of their game."

For the second annual 2018 festival, artists from France, Australia, Toronto, Vancouver and the Okanagan region will be performing in Kelowna's Cultural District as well the UBCO campus from January 9th to February 4th. We've broken down the events for you here:

Objects in Motion | Jan 9, 16 & 23

Myron Campbell curates three Tuesday NFB animated film evenings at the Rotary Centre of the Arts. We're not sure what he plans to show, but if you haven't seen a NFB film yet these evenings are a don't miss. Perhaps the screenings will include one their nine Oscar winners.

Lunchbox Speaker Series: Neil Cadger at KAG | Jan 10

Neil Cadger is a local artist, performer, and instructor at UBCO. He is also one of the primary organizers of the Living Things Festival. Hear him speak about the festival during lunch hour Tuesday at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

Red Phone by Boca del Lupo interactive Installation | Jan 15 - 19

This audience-to-audience performance utilizes the intimacy of a phone call and the technology of a teleprompter. Two at a time, audience members are guided through a conversation about life, art and their surroundings. At UBCO.

Liar! Liar! | Jan 18 - 20

In a world where 91% of people lie regularly at work and at home, it is important to detect deception, even within our closest social networks. Amy Modahl and Corrine Thiessen do just that in Liar! Liar! at UBCO.

How We Became | Jan 19

A duration performance happening in the Research Studio (UBCO) for Places in Things. By Samuel Roy-Bois and Neil Cadger.

Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster | Jan 20 - 21

Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster is a confrontational muse on peace and conflict, moral relativism and the very function of art, inspired by an incident that actually happened.


By Nicola Gunn at the RCA, Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster slips across tempos, ideas and performance modes – from theatre to dance to performance art and back.

MGD Jazz Trio Canadian Premiere Concert | Jan 25

Hear the complex, intricate, idiosyncratic, and rockin’ jazz trio MGD at Black Box Theatre.


Features Vancouver guitarist Gordon Grdina, New York’s Matt Mitchell on piano, and Jim Black playing the drums. At Kelowna Community Theatre.

Multiple Organism by Mind of a Snail & James Gnam | Jan 26 - 27

Mind of a Snail is a shadow puppetry duo currently based out of Vancouver BC. Since 2003, Chloé Ziner and Jessica Gabriel have been developing a multilayered style of visual storytelling using overhead projectors as their main light source.

Plastic Orchid Factory is an artist-run, interdisciplinary organization that uses the body as a site for social commentary. See the double bill at Black Box Theatre.

Table Top Tales | Jan 29 - Feb 1

Sit back and watch as the professional puppeteers bring your stories to life by puppeteering fruits, vegetables and kitchen tools! At Bumbershoot Theatre.

Metamorphosis Cabaret | Feb 1

Watch live transformations in this strange variety show created to help bring the dark days of winter back to life. Features members of the Inspired Word Café collective and special guests Mountain Sound. At Black Box Theatre.

Ballet Kelowna Presents Elles | Feb 2

Ballet Kelowna devotes this mixed program of dance to four talented female choreographers at the Kelowna Community Theatre.


The performance promises to deliver the very best of contemporary ballet from the perspective of women.

Tempus Extraodinarius | Feb 3 - 4

Tempus Extraordinarius is a spectacularly funny and touchingly sad performance by two superb French clowns (not the red nose kind). By Theatre Fools and Feathers at the RCA.

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