Anna Jacyszyn

Is it just that my awareness is widening and I am becoming more knowledgeable, or are we as a community finding a normal healthy balance for inclusion and recognition of the First Nations culture?

I am fascinated by our founding history, the Syilx (Salish pronunciation: sjilx) people — and their arts, crafts, beading, lifestyle and especially beliefs — but I was never in a situation to ask questions, study or even be in conversation with others on the subject.

It’s more important to me now than ever because my god-daughter has First Nation’s blood and I want to make sure that I have a foundation of knowledge as she matures.

I look forward to taking her to the Okanagan Indigenous Music and Arts Festival on July 6-7.

This year is the first year for the festival to be held at Memorial Park in West Kelowna.

I want to register to attend a variety of traditional arts and crafts workshops, but there are also contemporary musical instruction ranging from hip-hop to songwriting as well as hand drum and rattle making.

Visit okanaganfestival.org for tickets and information.

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Also this week, artist Susan Point will be exhibiting in her first solo show at the Kelowna Art Gallery. Point is a Musqueam First Nation artist based in Vancouver and began her career in 1981 when she immersed herself in the study of traditional Coast Salish art.

Point will be in Kelowna for one evening to host a free tour and walk through her exhibition, entitled Susan Point: Spindle Whorl. The tour will take place at the Kelowna Art Gallery on Thursday at 6 p.m.

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Tonight, get your lawn chairs and coolers set up at the Guisachan Heritage Park at 1060 Cameron Ave. for your chance to listen to the Kelowna City Concert Band, conducted by Dennis Colpitts. This free outdoor concert begins at 7 p.m.

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Those who would like to know more about the importance of digital awareness and the effects of screen time on children can attend a talk and documentary screening of the film “Screenagers.” Creating a kinder and safer digital world for today’s children is the key goal. Tickets are $10 through Eventbrite. Search for screenagerskelowna. For more information on this topic visit mazufamily.com/loveamillion.

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The Beatles are on the radar at the moment with films like Danny Boyle’s “Yesterday” due to be released June 28 as well as a local theatre production of Yellow Submarine. This musical ride, presented by Studio 9 School for Arts, will follow the Fab Four’s adventure inside a canary-coloured streamlined hull where the Blue Meanies have no chance.

Tickets are $12.50 through the box office 250-717-5304 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave. Evening shows begin at 7. The show runs until Friday with Thursday and Friday matinees at $5 for student or seniors groups.

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Contemporary western Canadian artist Rick Bond will be showing his work at the Hambleton Galleries, 1290 Ellis St. He mostly paints with acrylic using themes such as rural, urban and musical landscapes with semi-abstract vibrance. The opening reception is 5-8 p.m. tomorrow. RSVP through Facebook or 250-860-2498.

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On Saturday afternoon, Mission Dance Company presents For The Love Of Dance. This is a mixed program of contemporary, neo-classical, jazz, hip hop, flamenco as well as a few other styles of dance put into a show at the Evangel Auditorium, 3261 Gordon Drive at 2 p.m.

One show only with an after-show reception where I will be singing live in the foyer with my bandmates Loni Moger on guitar and Bernie Addington on double bass.

Tickets are $25 plus fees through Kelowna Tickets. This is also a fundraising effort to support the vital expenses that go into keeping a dance company thriving.

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Cider and spirit lovers are invited to attend Le Cirque De La Nuit, Saturday night, as part of the Wine, Cider and Spirits festival.

Held at the Argus Properties, 2092 Enterprise Way, a 78,000-square-foot warehouse that will be transformed into an Alice in Wonderland fantasy theme. The show will be a continuous journey of interactive performances like a storybook underworld and guests are encouraged to dress as their favourite “wondrous character with a touch of their inner circus freak,” says festival spokesperson Katherine Bramall in a news release.

The show supports BC Hospitality Foundation. Tickets are $99 at bcwinefestival.com and it all begins at 7 p.m.

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It’s your final week to see the live performance of Camelot at the Kelowna Actors Studio, 1379 Ellis St. Randy Leslie stars as King Arthur in a story of love and betrayal set against a backdrop rich in the pageantry of a legendary medieval England. Tickets are $52 for show only and $85 with dinner through Kelowna Tickets. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Anna Jacyszyn is an award-winning jazz singer. For interviews, arts news and Valley events list to Listen to Around the Valley with Anna each Saturday at 10.45 a.m. on OkanaganValleyRadio.com. Email: artafactevent@gmail.com.