Creatively United for the Planet

April 20-22, 2012


The Creatively United for the Planet Festival is a fun-filled, all-ages arts/cultural & healthy living family event to be held both indoors and outdoors, April 20-22, 2012, at 600 Richmond Ave at Richardson (St Matthias) in celebration of Earth Week.

The festival will raise needed funds for progressive environmental-based charities while heightening awareness and initiating action for positive change in an entertaining and engaging way. Costumes are welcome.

The festival is close to downtown, on a convenient bus (#7 and #1) and bike route, and wheelchair accessible.

The Creatively United For The Planet Festival will feature a variety of on-going world-class entertainment such as:

Ann Mortifee and flutist Paul Horn, famous artist and environmentalist Robert Bateman; Photography and Multi-Media Presentation by Photographer Garth Lenz (International League of Conservation Photographers); the Gettin’ Higher Choir; workshops, art & photography displays; a fashion show featuring local designers: Linda Ferguson, Nikki Babie, Not Just Pretty Modern Clothing/Victoria Green Collective, VSHoEN, Muse Clothing, Kazen Hair & Beauty, EiraShay with MC Sally Glover, and Vic High Fashion students + Hemp & Co., plus live bands such as The Woodsmen and one of Victoria’s favourite party bands, The Soul Shakers and DJ Rowan with special dance performance by Tannauz.

Children’s events will include face painting, art making plus displays of interest to children.

There will be raffles with amazing prizes, including return flights to Vancouver and hundreds of dollars worth of fantastic goodies.
A free opening night all-ages Disco meets Mardi Gras dance party with Candu Music and Grandpa Phunk will kick off the weekend (Friday, April 20, 7-9:30 pm).

An Art School Victoria student auction will be held Sunday April 22 from 1-2:30 pm and feature live music and artwork donated from students as well as a limited edition signed print by Robert Bateman.

A John Lennon tribute concert featuring: Daniel Lapp, Mae Moore, Anne Schaefer, Colleen Lee Eccelston, Jean Paul Maurice, Lola Parks, Justin Hewitt, Geoff Lundstrom, Gareth Hurwood, James Kasper/Geoff Howe, Roland Barrett, Caroline Spence, Jeremy Walsh, backed by: Mike Demers on guitars and vocals, Chris Van Sickle on keyboard, Ian McElroy on bass and Murray Creed on drum will conclude Earth Day, Sunday April 22.

Notable charities such as the Sierra Club of B.C., The Western Wilderness Committee, The Dogwood Initiative, Ancient Forest Alliance, The Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT), the BC Land Conservancy/TLC, Wild Arc, RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values & Environmental Needs), Oases Conservation Society, Peace Valley Environment Association (PVEA), Child & Nature Alliance, Habitat For Humanity Victoria, YES BC and many others will be on-hand to answer questions and heighten awareness of the work they are doing for our communities.

Stop by the CRD information booth to learn about our regional sustainable initiatives, such as Water Conservation, Waste Reduction, Native Plant Gardening, Energy Efficiency, Pollution Prevention and Clean Green chemical-free household cleaning to name a few! Have your kids take a turn at spinning our trivia wheel, answer a question about sustainability and win a prize!
Bring your reusable water bottle and stop by for a fill of delicious CRD drinking water from our mobile water cart.

OASES will do a series of presentations, discussing endangered species and their relationship to habitat. Also there will be opportunities to meet some of our animal ambassadors, including rare and endangered tortoises, some gentle snakes, some amazing skinks, an African pygmy hedgehog, a Peregrine Falcon, and possibly a hawk. In addition, there will be numerous lectures by donation, including talks by: JC Scott, Christopher Bowers, Katheryne Connolly, Brenda Johima, June Swandron, Stephanie McColl and story-telling by Shoshana Litman.

Be sure to check out the Creatively United Mobile Phone Photo-Art Show (for entry form see the Entry Info page).

The Creatively United for the Planet Festival is the creation of international award-winning photographer and friend of the environment, Frances Litman. It was born out of her desire to connect creatives with charities and unite a community of like-minded individuals wanting to protect and preserve the planet while giving everyone the opportunity to be seen and to be significant.

“There is such an incredible amount of talent all around us that is worthy of recognition, just as there are some amazing charities doing hero-work in our communities that deserve our support. I’ve always been a connector of people and my goal is to bring everyone together at this festival for the common good of us all in a way that’s not only lots of fun but educational too” said Litman.
“Being a lover of the outdoors and loving where I live, I knew I had to do something when I learned that only one per cent of all charitable giving is for environmental causes,” she added. “Given the growing awareness of the importance and necessity of preserving and protecting our host planet this festival is generating a great deal of interest as people are awakening to the fact that we all have to be part of the solution and are looking for answers and ways to be more involved. Even businesses are starting to realize there is no business to be done on a dead planet!, Litman concluded.

For further information, please contact Frances Litman at creativelyunited@gmail.com or call 250-383-0206.

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