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:
nine Oscar winners.
How We Became | Jan 19A duration performance happening in the Research Studio (UBCO) for Places in Things. By Samuel Roy-Bois and Neil Cadger.
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.
Features Vancouver guitarist Gordon Grdina, New York’s Matt Mitchell on piano, and Jim Black playing the drums. At Kelowna Community Theatre.
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.
The performance promises to deliver the very best of contemporary ballet from the perspective of women.