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Busker festival juggled in Kelowna

An International Busker Festival in Kelowna?

It could happen in Kelowna as early as 2014.

During Monday's yearly presentation to council by Festivals Kelowna, Mayor Walter Gray spoke enthusiastically about the potential of an international buskers' (street performers) event being held in Kelowna.

Gray says a festival, similar to one held in Victoria, could be ideal for the city.

"You and I Renata, (Mills - Execuvite Director of Festivals Kelowna) a number of months ago, talked about the potential of re-invigorating or making a bigger deal of your Buskers' Program," stated Gray.

"Council is on record as being very enthusiastic about joining Victoria in presenting the International Buskers' Festival."

Victoria's festival runs for 10 days from July 19 to 28.

"Council at this point, subject to reviewing in person and making sure it works for us, would be looking at that in Victoria this year."

Gray says he hopes staff members and possibly representatives from Festivals Kelowna could take in the Victoria event.

"No doubt you and Jim Gabriel (Director of Recreation and Cultural Services), if you haven't talked about it already, will talk about the potential and then it will be fully ratified sometime late summer," says Gray.

Mills says the idea has been floating around for some time and is pleased the mayor is showing so much enthusiasm about a possible event that could see street performers from as far away as South America and Australia perform in Kelowna.

No less than 16 Busker festivals are held in Canada during the summer, including two in BC (Victoria and Nelson).

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