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LINK Picnic Festival

Experience African and Caribbean culture

Victoria Park, Kitckener

August 23 - 24, 2014



Carnival King and Queen Costumes 2013

King of the Parade 2013 -- George Okot
Queen of the Parade 2013 -- Emma Lemieux

 


See our first Carnival Costume pictures
Emma Lemieux in LINK's 1st Carnival Queen Costume
here

Read more ...

Visit photogallery for 2013 festival pictures


Joy and magic for the whole family!

Great linking opportunities!

Click on each tab for the day's details:

  • Saturday, August 23, 2014
  • Sunday, August 24, 2014

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2014; 12 - 9PM

Drumming Village

The day begins with the communicative power of the drum.  Come to the Drumming Village to enjoy Drum & Dance performances, workshops and to participate in the Drum & Dance Circles Facilitated by Jason Cave & Gerima

~Bring your drums and percussion instruments to join the drumming circle
all ages welcome
no experience required. ~

A drumming circle is a living evolving work of art that allows creative ways for self expression. Drumming is fun, a good mood changer, a powerful connector, an energy booster and a great relaxant. Come enjoy a spritual, musical and community experience.


Mainstage

Enjoy the African and Caribbean musical Diaspora. Come ready to dance and enjoy the various DJ presentations.

Visit Mainstage artists on Artist page for more


Steelpan Yard

-- with Panwaves, Tropical Steelband and Acoustic steel. Learn about pan, play a bit and dance a bit.

Get a sample lesson and joining Saturday's beginner workshop at 2pm
Led by Carol Taylor of Acoustic Steel


Children's Village

      • Activities for Children - Crafts, games, races, Limbo Contest (for all ages).

        Face painting – want to be a butterfly or get a tribal look? No worries, our talented volunteers will transform you!
        Sports & Games – work up a sweat at the LINK Olympics - soccer, volleyball or bucket relay!
        Arts & Crafts – you can freestyle or work on a signature craft. Your creativity has no bounds.
        Guess How Much Candy Jars - Closest wins jar
        Costume Loan (while they last) - if you didn't get to mas camp; last chance to get a costume for the parade on Sunday
        And a couple more surprises! You will have to come and see!


      Norris-Lue Domino Tournament

      Registration -- Saturday 12 - 1 pm


      Sponsored by Caribbean Canadian Association Waterloo Region


      • Vendors -- Food, Merchandise, Information and Connections
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        Foods to enjoy:

        African
        Jallof rice, Waakye (rice & beans), Abolo (corn, wheat & rice flour), Kenkey (cornmeal), Kelewele (Fried plantain), Red red (fried plantain and bean stew), Fried fish, Fried or grilled chicken

         Caribbean
        Jerk and BBQ Chicken, Curry Chicken, Curry Goat, Oxtail, Akee and Salt Fish, Fry bake, rice and peas, white rice, garden salad, fried dumplings, Curry Chicken Roti, Salt Fish & Bake, Curry Chickpeas & Roti, Plantain Chips, Red Snapper & Fries, Fries, Coconut drops, patties, hotdogs, watermelon

        Beverages
        Water, soft drinks, and tropical drinks (soursop, carrot, peanut punch, strawberry-mango, ginger beer), Slushies, Freezies               





SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 2014; 12noon - 7pm

THE DAY INCLUDES:

Mainstage Music

Reggae, Sudanese infused jazz, Traditional African from Madagascar, Zimbabwe and other regions, Calypso, Soca, Jazz, Drumming, Hip Hop, R&B, Gospel, Folk, Dance, Fashion Extraordinaire


Drumming Village

Bring your drum and percussion instruments.  Join the jam. 

Performances by Oshungo Drum & Dance, the Soga Family, Master Drummer Amadou Kienou, Shaka Zulu and others.

Drumming Workshops

Dance Workshop

Latin Dance Workshop by Jeffery Cummins

A Drumming circle is a living evolving art that allows creative ways for self expression. Drumming is fun, a good mood changer, a powerful connector, an energy booster and a great relaxant. Come enjoy a spritual, musical and community experience. Bring your drums and percussion instruments to join the drumming circle; all ages welcome; no experience required. 


Steelpan Yard

-- with Panwaves, Tropical Steelband and Acoustic steel. Learn about pan, play a bit and dance a bit.

Get a sample lesson

Visit The History of Steelpan display

Participate in a Rhythm Section workshop run by Clyde Dookie of Panwaves Steelband. Bring a percussion insturment. No experience necessary.


Children's Village &

Carnival Costume Parade

Carnival Parade time to move your body to the sweet Caribbean beats. if you don't have a costume or didn't attend mas camp for one, come early to pick your costume and get facepainted!

The boy and girl (top male and female reveler) that shows the most carnival spirit takes home a trophy.

Our large King and Queen of the parade costumes will be in the parade! You will want to get pictures.

See pictures of the Queen costume that won 4th place at Toronto's Junior Carnival on July 20, 2013 here.

Prepare your costume for the parade! Bring your own or borrow one of ours. Attend Mas Camp and avoid the rush for a costume. Three days of mas camp are offered to help you prepare for the parade in the park on this last day of the festival.

Express your fabulous self!

Carnival Parade King & Queen 2011
All ages welcome.

Races and Games -- 3-Legged, Egg & spoon, potato, sack race
Limbo Contest -- how low can you go?
Arts & Crafts -- you can freestyle or work on a signature craft. Your creativity has no bounds.
Facepainting -- want to be a butterfly or get a tribal look? No worries, our talented volunteers will transform you!
Carnival Parade - Come to masquerade camp to borrow a costume
Limbo Contest - How low can you go? The three lowest receives a medal

And a couple more surprises! You will have to come and see!


      • Vendors -- Food, Merchandise, Information and Connections
        Food Menu:

        West AfricanJallof rice, Waakye (rice & beans), Abolo (corn, wheat & rice flour), Kenkey (cornmeal), Kelewele (Fried plantain), Red red (fried plantain and bean stew), Fried fish, Fried or grilled chicken

        CaribbeanJerk and BBQ Chicken, Curry Chicken, Curry Goat, Oxtail, Akee and Salt Fish, Fry bake, rice and peas, white rice, garden salad, fried dumplings, Curry Chicken Roti, Salt Fish & Bake, Curry Chickpeas & Roti, Plantain Chips, Red Snapper & Fries, Fries, Coconut drops, patties, hotdogs, watermelon, , Freezies

        Beverages: Water, soft drinks, and tropical drinks (soursop, carrot, peanut punch, strawberry-mango, ginger beer), Slushies, Freezies               


Directions to Festival:

To Victoria Park (Courtland & David Street Entrance)

From Highway 401 (east or west)

  1. Take Exit #278 at Highway 8 West towards Kitchener-Waterloo
  2. Follow Highway 8 for five minutes until it becomes (in the far left lane) King Street
  3. Take King Street to Downtown Kitchener
  4. Turn left at Benton St. (Delta Hotel on corner, Frederick St. on right)
  5. Turn right at Courtland Avenue W
  6. Cross Queen St. S. and proceed to Victoria Park entrance at the corner of Courtland and David St.

See google map here

Downtown Kitchener:

Map of downtown Kitchener to Victoria Park

Updates

Free events to get you involved:
Festival begins with Free Drumming Workshops
Dates & Locations TBA
 
Mas Camp & workshops
Aug.19-21, Drop-inTuesday & Wednesday 6 - 9pm; Thursdaay 11am-4pm: Create / choose costumes, free workshops

LINK Picnic Festival's First Carnival Queen costume
King & Queen of the Parade Costume Show
August 21; 7:30 - 9:30pm
See costumes up close and learn about its creation

See this costume live:
August 11 - 16: Scotiabank, 115 King St. S, Waterloo
Other locations TBA

In the Park: Saturday Aug. 23, 12-8pm: Drumming Village, Mainstage, workshops, Children's Village, vendors.
In the Park: Sunday Aug. 24, 12-7pm: Drumming Village, Steelpan Yard, Mainstage, Children's Village, Carnival Costume Parade, Workshops, Demonstrations, vendors

 

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