Edmonton, Canada: Festival capital of North America

Fri.05.Aug.2011 BST

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes of some of the world’s biggest festivals? How does it all come together and how do you get a community on board?

Taking inspiration from the UK’s very own Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, Edmonton in Canada decided to create an equivalent 30 years ago and since then the city in Alberta has become known as North America’s premier festival city. 

All year round, Edmonton’s festivals celebrate a variety of artistic disciplines including music, visual arts, dance, performing arts, sports and film and create endless possibilities, shows and performances for visitors and locals alike to enjoy. This wide variety includes the internationally renowned Folk, Fringe and Street Performers festivals. 

In the following video we look at how Edmonton has become one of the world’s most creative cities thanks to its all year round festivals and we speak to Shelley Switzer the Artistic Producer of one of the most popular events on the calendar – the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival.

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