It was a sunny Osoyoos, rainbow-studded day, and at the end of the rainbow was the Pride Arts Festival.
Heather Adamson, member of the Pride Arts Festival Committee, said:
“We are participating in the first Pride Art Festival in Osoyoos.”
The festival kicked off at Gyro Park on September 24th at 10:30 am. Live entertainment with musicians, poets, dancers and more throughout the day until 8pm.
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All-day live entertainment celebrates the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and shines a spotlight on BIPOC artists.
“We’re trying to show people that Pride is like everyone else,” said a member of the Keisha McLean Pride Arts Festival.
“There’s a rich history and culture around it, and it’s probably more than what they’ve been socialized to. This is what I want to empower you with.
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One of the many performers is Tristan Boisvert, whose stage name is Poetrys.
“Poetrys is an off-the-shelf poet who uses poetry to navigate life’s difficult situations, such as mental health issues and gender identity,” said Bohrbert.
“Art is a safe place, so if you have hard memories or traumas, it’s a safe place to express them.”
Organizers hope this pride event will be the first of many to be held at Osoyoos.
1st Annual Pride Arts Festival in Osoyoos, British Columbia – Okanagan
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