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A Midsummer’s Dream

A Midsummer’s Dream started as just that, a dream – Mark Gowland’s dream that is. He was inspired by the religious festival called “Holi” to put together a festival where people of varying races and ages could come together and create something really beautiful.

This lively family-friendly summer festival is held annually at Gage Park, this year on Saturday August 15th, 11:00 am – 8:30 pm. The festival features live music – with Young Empires as this year’s headliner – food trucks, a large yogafest, a do-it-yourself arts and crafts tent, a sports zone, a tea lounge, a craft vendor market, and a whole lot of colour throwing.

While entrance to the event is free, it is asked that festival-goers bring a perishable food item, as the festival also acts as a food drive. This year donations are going towards the Living Rock, a non-profit organization that offers youth-at-risk a place of belonging, safety and a bridge to the community.

Colour powder packages also must be purchased on site for safety reasons (the powder provided is all natural) – 6 for $15, or $3.00 a pack.

For more information on A Midsummer’s Dream, visit the festival website, check them out on Facebook or Twitter, or click on the sound clip below to listen to Ingie Metwally’s interview with festival organizer Mark Gowland.


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