A new two-day festival is planned to bring together a unique blend of art, entertainment, community and history in Colwood next month.

The first-ever In Sight festival, organized by the Arts and Culture Colwood Society, is scheduled for September 10-11 at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site and will feature everything from children’s activities to outdoor painting. air, from artist exhibitions to circus acts and live music.

“In fact, what we’re trying to do is provide everyone with the opportunity to experience arts and culture through personal engagement,” said Laura Davis, president of the society. “The festival will showcase local artists and cultural practices by showcasing them and connecting them to the public.”

Davis said location is a big part of the event, with Fort Rodd Hill providing a variety of locations for festival presentations and serving as a great backdrop for conversations about Colwood’s history and the peoples. indigenous. In fact, the name of the event was inspired by the site’s ties to the Songhees and Esquimalt nations.

“The First Nations land you see – the surrounding mountains, the ocean – our past and all the possibilities for a bright future are in sight,” she said.

Building on the site’s Indigenous connections, the festival is expected to include performances by Esquimalt dancers as well as Indigenous storytellers and artists.

Organizers also hope the event will provide a positive distraction from the challenges of the past few years and help the community continue to recover by providing a fun, family-friendly event to gather and socialize safely.

Although the event is far larger than any other hosted by the relatively new society to date, Davis said his organization went smoothly, thanks in large part to the support of Parks Canada. She said the government agency has even gone so far as to provide plenty of volunteers to make sure everything is set up and running smoothly.

In addition to providing volunteers, Parks Canada is also waiving park entrance fees on 9/11 and opening an additional entrance gate so people can attend the festival for free and with more parking options along Ocean Blvd.

On September 10, regular park admission of $8.50 for adults, $7 for those 65 and older, and free for children under 17 will apply. The festival will run from noon to 3 p.m. on September 10, with an hour-long performance by Island Circus Space starting at 1 p.m., while on September 11 the festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with even more programming. .

The full festival program is available at artsandculturecolwood.com/events.

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