Monday, 27 August 2012

Big Spirit Festival 2012

Dear Members, Friends and Cooperating Partners,

The Multicultural Association on behalf of Events Wood Buffalo is proud to announce to you the first ever BIG SPIRIT FESTIVAL. This festival celebrates the diversity of our region and will feature the world's greenest carnival featuring 25 amazing rides, all powered by vegetable oil! The festival will also feature FREE live music from multiple Juno Award winners Digging Roots and Kiran Ahluwalia. The festival will run from 31st August - 3rd September 2012 at the Snye.

We are looking for local talent to showcase our culturally diverse region. Please join us in celebrating this event and making it a success by signing up to participant as a performer. Both groups and individuals are welcome. We have 2 hour slots for performances on September 1st and 2nd from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm to be filled on first come first serve basis.

Please get in touch with me as soon as possible to sign up.

I have attached a document with more information on the event.

I look forward to hearing from you all!

Best regards,

P.S - Volunteer opportunities available, please spread the word :).

Mubanga Mundashi
Multicultural Association
10003 Gordon Avenue
P.O Box 5298
Fort McMurray, AB
T9H 3G3
Tel: 780 791 5186
Fax: 780 791 5189

Fort McMurray, AB, August 21, 2012 – Events Wood Buffalo invites everyone to Fort McMurray’s newest festival – Big Spirit – featuring the world’s greenest carnival and FREE live music from multiple Juno Award winners Digging Roots and Kiran Ahluwalia with support from local talent including DJs In the Sticks.

Friday, Aug. 31 – Monday, Sept. 3 the carnival is coming to town! Sustainival, the world’s first green carnival, is setting up along the Snye. Each of their 25 amazing rides is powered by recycled vegetable oil including thrill-seeker favourites like the Zipper, the Scrambler, and a Ferris wheel. Sustainival also has a full Midway with games, cotton candy, and more.

Performing on Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2 Juno Award winners for Aboriginal Album of the Year, Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award and Native American Music Award winners Digging Roots. They describe their sound as “somewhere blurred between the lines of roots, rock, hip hop, and blues.”

Also headlining Saturday and Sunday is Kiran Ahluwalia, winner of the Juno Award for Best World Music Album of the Year 2012. Ahluwalia’s sound is truly a mixture of world vibes featuring ghazal, Portuguese fado guitarra, sub Saharan percussion, Celtic fiddle, Pakistani qawwali vocals, Afghanistan rhubab, and African blues. "A powerful woman who has a depth of character in her wonderfully pliable, expressive voice." - The Observer UK

Both artists are offering free workshops. Workshops require registration, as spaces are limited. For more information and to register call 780-791-1600 or email Nadia Power at

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Media contact:
Brea Burton
Marketing & Communications
Events Wood Buffalo

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