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Limelight: A Fresh Summer Celebration Of Creativity And The Arts In Kingston

May 24, 2013 -

City and community partners are bringing high-caliber cultural programming to Kingston, encouraging citizens to step away from the sidelines and discover, play, participate

The Limestone City is poised to enjoy a summer marathon of arts and culture festivals this June with a renewed focus on engaging entertainment and hands-on participation. Limelight will make its grand debut next month from June 15-30, featuring well-established partners like the Kingston Pride Festival, Skeleton Park Music & Arts Festival, National Aboriginal Day, Doors Open Kingston, First Capital Day, and ArtFest Kingston.

So why exactly is this consortium of beloved cultural festivals and creative arts organizations coming together now? Because they want to build on Kingston's reputation for vibrant festival entertainment by adding a new interactive direction in programming. "Partnerships are so important, says Lory Macdonald of ArtFest Kingston. "If you build a partnership with other organizations like the Kingston Arts Council, the H.A.R.T. school, the Kingston School of Art and the Kingston School of Dance, they come to the festival and they bring their audience. That gives the festival a grassroots base and helps the festival grow."

Limelight is excited to offer Kingston an impressive lineup of interactive arts events that will appeal to residents and visitors alike. Many are free, outdoors, accessible, and family-friendly. "Kingston is highly supportive of artistic ventures, festival and culture," says Georgina Riel of the National Aboriginal Day Organizing Committee. "Aboriginal peoples are very connected to where they come from. When people come and participate in our event, we want them to feel as if they are part of the family. Everyone is welcome to participate, to ask questions and to make connections."

And to make planning what to see and do even more streamlined for patrons, the recently launched Limelight website (http://www.kingstonlimelight.ca) hosts a complete calendar of participating festivals all in one place.

During Tourism Kingston's Tourism Awareness Week, Limelight is holding its official kick-off party, which takes place at the opening of the Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival with La Bottine Souriante on Friday, June 14, 7:30pm at the Grand Theatre. At this launch party, attendees can expect a taste of talented performances to come at Limelight this summer.

Shining the spotlight on opportunities for hands-on artistic experience is at the heart of Limelight's mission. The options for discovery, play, and participation vary widely—from painting a mural at ArtFest and an indigenous youth poetry slam for National Aboriginal Day to jam sessions with musicians at Skeleton Park, walking in the Pride Parade, and learning new dance moves at Francophonie—but the vision is shared: it's time to stop missing out and start getting involved.

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If you'd like to receive more information about Limelight or get in touch to schedule an interview about Limelight, please contact to Julie Fossitt at 613-546-4291 ext. 1143 or jfossitt@cityofkingston.ca.