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LINK Picnic Festival

Saturday August 23 -
Sunday August 24, 2014
Victoria Park, Downtown Kitchener


Drumming Village

1:00 Opening Drum Circle   1:00  Opening Drum Circle 
2:00 Gerima Drum Solo   2:00   Jeffrey Cummins -- Salsa Workshop
2:30 LINK Dancers   3:15   Collective Drumming into Parade
3:00 Osahungo Drum Workshop    
4:00 Elisha MacMillian of Manifest Dance- African Dance Workshop   4:00    Amadou Keinou Djembe Workshop (Djembe master from Brikina Faso)
5:30 Closing Drum Circle   6:30 Closing Drum


Steelpan Yard

2pm Learn to play workshop   12:15-1:00 Acoustic Steel
      1:00-3:00 Tropical Steelband
      3:00-6:00 Panwaves Steelband


After Festival Steelpan Classes begin in October


SUNDAY 12-7pm
1:00 MC Intro   12:00 MC Intro
1:05 Acoustic Steel   12:05 Acoustic Steel
Gerima   Gerima
Tony Okot   J Band
DJ Blacks    
Aileen Bennet   Air Blaq
Lorraine Harris   Eri irls
Eri Girls   LINK Dancers
Lainey   DJ Tripp D-- Dance Competitio
DJ Jahbama   3:00 pm Children's Carnival / DJ Lenny
Errol Blackwood   City / Regional / Provincial
LINK Dancers   4:00 Chasaya
Konyo Konyo   Khamel-Eon
Ekhaya World Band   Arsenals Ska Band



Children's Village

1-5pm Colouring/Freestyle Art     1 - 5 Colouring/Freestyle Art
1-5 Facepainting     1-5 Facepainting
2-4 Races     1-3:30 Candy Jar
1- 4 Candy Jar     2 - 4 Races
      3:00 Carnival Parade
      4pm Limbo Contest




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


Summer Schedule
July 11-12: Visit us at the Kultrun World Music Festival in Victoria Park

Steelpan workshop and performances
Drumming Workshop

George Okot, King of the LINK Carnival Parade 2014Brianna Wilaon, Queen of the LINK Carnival Parade 2014
LINK Picnic Festival begins with Free Drumming Workshops
Dates & Locations TBA
Express Yourself
Costume Workshops

Create your Own Carnival Costumes & Join the Parade Aug.4 & 11, 10am -4pm
@ Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina St. S., Waterloo
$50 Members; $57 Non-members (includes supplies)

To Register: 519-886-4577
or in person

LINK Picnic Festival's First Carnival Queen costume
King & Queen of the Parade Costume Show
August 20; 7:30 - 9:30pm
See costumes up close and learn about its creation

In the Park: Saturday Aug. 22, 12-8pm: Drumming Village, Mainstage, workshops, Children's Village, vendors.
In the Park: Sunday Aug. 23, 12-7pm: Drumming Village, Steelpan Yard, Mainstage, Children's Village, Carnival Costume Parade, Workshops, Demonstrations, vendors



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