Making a good thing happen

Kerry Volk

It’s the sponsors and the people who make the NB International Street Performer Festival happen. It’s the vendors, the performers, the visitors and the volunteers.

Through the business community, the festival continues to grow every year.

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So, be the change you want to see in the world. It happens with dedication, determination and positivity. In just three years, this festival has won the best community event award from Tourism Saskatchewan. It brings performers from around the world for the only international street performer festival in the province.

“The sponsors are the driving force behind it all,” said Alexis Christensen. Christensen sits on the festival’s organizing committee and is in charge of sponsorships. She said the biggest incentive for sitting on the committee is the people who attend the festival. Audience members of all ages and backgrounds come together for a free weekend of laughter, fun, great food and entertainment. Our sponsors put faith into this commitment and together we make it happen.

“NB street festival brings new ideas and a new attitude to North Battleford,” said Kent Lindgren, organizing committee member in charge of volunteers, and also a city councillor. The community coming together, with thousands of people attending, to have a good time in downtown North Battleford, is amazing, said Lindgren. A festival of this kind creates connection amongst the community, helps people see themselves as more than their challenges and invites us to be surrounded by a fun-loving group of people creating a positive event.

This event provides art directly in the community, and does it all in a fun and energetic way.

“Being on this committee means contributing to the festival’s continual growth and vibrancy,” said organizing committee chair Kali Weber. Weber said the festival is unique, creates a sense of community by volunteerism and brings people together for an arts and cultural experience. The festival offers an entertaining experience where live performance moves outside of its traditional enclosures, outside of the theatre or hall, to make the whole street a stage. Weber said she loves to see art available to all people, where the artist and the audience merge into an exciting and free-moving adventure.

“Seeing people return for multiple days brings me great joy,” said Maggi Wilkinson, organizing committee member in charge of the launch event and gala. To her, the festival is special. She loves seeing the smiles on the faces of people in the crowds. When it comes to support, she knows that without sponsorship the event would not occur.

“It’s so hard to put into words how much we appreciate each and every sponsor we get,” said Wilkinson.

In its fourth year, the festival continues to brim with potential. Awareness of the event broadens and business continues to support this wonderful cause. Everyone on the organizing committee agrees wholeheartedly, it is the people that make this event what it is. It is the sponsors, the volunteers, the vendors, the performers, and you. It’s you in the crowd that makes it all happen, that makes it all worthwhile.

So, be the change you want to see in the world. Join us for an amazing free weekend of excitement and escapade.  We look forward to seeing you here, July 28, 29 and 30 for the fourth annual NB International Street Performer Festival.

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