Submitted by: Amanda Bosiak, Member Services
One of the best arts related highlights each spring in Regina is the CathedralVillage Arts Festival. It takes place the week following the May long weekend annually, and includes various musical, film and theatrical performances throughout the week, and culminates in the CVAF Street Fair.
The CVAF Street Fair is HUGE. It may be one of the largest in Canada. This year, the CVAF extended a full 16 blocks along 13thAvenue (Between Angus & Elphinstone) as well as along roughly half a dozen side streets. I was at the festival with the SCC Information booth and was only able to take in 5 or 6 blocks during my breaks. Not only was there so much to see – between craft and art, food and info booths as well as buskers and other performances, and activities for adults and children – it was CROWDED. I can’t even hazard a guess as to how many people went through but it was probably close to 10,000 or more. We certainly had plenty of people stop by the SCC booth to say hello! (My voice was pretty croaky the next day from all the chatting.) The people watching was also pretty incredible.
Plenty of SCC members were in attendance at the street fair. Between myself and the other SCC staff who came down for the festival we might not have got pictures of everyone, but here are a few:
|(L-R) SCC Board member Tiffany Schlosser
SCC Staff Donna Potter, Amanda Bosiak (front) and Sherry Luther
SCC Members Sue Hunchuk and Rick Murton
|A shopper checking things out at the Happy Monarch Designs booth (hats by Meagan McEwen)|
|Lloyd Dubois (aka Strong Thunderbird Man)|
|Regina and Area Potters Guild with work from Kate McKinley, Brenda Wolf and Bernie Zaharik|
|View from the SCC Info booth! This sweet horse from Kakwa kept me company.|
|Visual Artist Roland Daum|
Since part of my job at the SCC is organizing craft markets, I am in awe of the incredible job the CVAF committee does each year to make the arts festival such a success. Hundreds of volunteers work to keep the street fair in order throughout the day, and the week itself is organized by a committee of over a dozen volunteers who each take on coordinating elements such as dance, busking, Family Funville, communications, theatre, literary, music and website in addition to administering the street fair and other volunteers. I tell you from experience – organizing something like this is a BIG JOB and the CVAF Committee does an AMAZING JOB of bringing so many elements together. Kudos to the committee and their dedicated volunteers for another wonderful Cathedral Village Arts Festival!