May 19, 2014 8:36 pm
Updated: May 19, 2014 10:39 pm

Cathedral Village Arts Festival kicks off with singing, parading, picnicking

Dozens performed "Big Yellow Taxi” at Connaught Public School Monday morning.

Steve Silva / Global News

REGINA – Hundreds attended the kick-off of the Cathedral Village Arts Festival (CVAF) today.

“I think it’s a wonderful place to have great ideas. Then maybe think, ‘Perhaps, I can bring my ideas and share them with my friends and my neighbours,’” said Margaret Bessai, Visual Arts Coordinator for CVAF.

The annual event is now in its 23rd year, and has expanded to seven days. This year’s theme is “Fabric of Life”.

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“Fabric has a history not in fabric as we know it today, but in art. So what I think this is a celebration of the arts in our community, kind of the warp and weft of who we are, and what we do,” said Bernadette Wagner, chair of the festival.

Festival-goers paraded to Les Sherman Park to take in crafts, music, and get some grub.

“You really fee like you’rel part of a community that has a lot of heart. I think this parade is hugely symbolic of that,”  said Bessai as she paraded down Elphinstone Street.

Prior to the parade, dozens sang “Big Yellow Taxi” in front of Connaught Public School. The message went beyond the controversy of the planned closure of the school.

“We have lost some things in the neighbourhood. You look at photographs now, and think, ‘Oh my God, why’d we do that?’” said Trish Elliott organizer of the festival’s heritage event.



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