REPORTING · 6th June 2011
The 1st ever Kitimat Art Festival has begun, on Saturday, June 4th, sponsors, art enthusiasts and members of the community gathered at the Kitimat Museum and Archives for the grand opening of the festival.
“It’s been an interesting year for us planning this festival,” said Louis Avery, Chair of Kitimat Arts For Youth. “We thought that we would have these events occur at relatively the same time but at first, we said, everything is happening in June. […]Anna-Marie Carstens said: ‘Lets all get together and get our events together that we hold annually and we will make a festival out of it, so that is exactly what we did.
She introduced the people who were responsible for the Art Festival. She thanked the District of Kitimat and Bechtel, the two sponsors of the event. She thanked the 300 Kitimat Youth who are participating.
Mayor Joanne Monaghan stepped up to say a few words on behalf of the District of Kitimat.
“Welcome to the first of, I hope, many Arts Festivals in Kitimat. Kitimat has always been a strong arts community and to see it coming together, for me, is very extraordinary, the next ten days will be filled with music, with dance and theatre,” said Monaghan.
She explained this event tells her things are on an upswing as the community of Kitimat cannot be kept down. She explained art flourished in communities and culture which were prosperous.
But tonight I want to say that Kitimat is doing well enough at this moment to have an art festival as the community has the time and desire for what we call: the finer things in life,” said Monaghan.
Ed Snatchko, Site Manager for Bechtal was called upon next to speak.
“On behalf of Bechtel, RTA and the KMP Construction Team, this is an honour. It is quite the event I have to take my hat off to the organizers to pull something together like this,” said Snatchko. “It is not a small event, it is the first annual event and we’re glad to be a key sponsor for that, hopefully, it’s something I hope to be involved with for the next couple of years.”
He said things will pick up and there will be a lot of new people coming up to Kitimat, he was happy to be a part of the beautiful community.
Eleanor Kendal stepped up next to say a few words on behalf of The Rotary Club of Kitimat.
“It is delightful to be here representing our rotary club of Kitimat,” said Kendal. “When a group of hard working people […] come together and meet at noon hours and spend the time, that’s what happens to actually have something that’s great as I know this Art Festival will be.”
Avery gave special thanks to the staff of Book Masters who are selling tickets for the four events which are ticketed. She also thanked the sponsors.