Festivals in Ottawa


Canadian Dance Festival   
– The Canadian Dance Festival is an annual Ottawa, Ontario event founded in 1987. Held in June, it sets the stage for Canada's most contemporary, innovative and leading edge dance choreographers and dance companies. The festival includes events at the National Arts Centre, as well as featured performances at other locations including the National Gallery of Canada and outdoor dance in Ottawa city parks and other urban settings. It attracts international dance promoters and international media who attend the festival to follow the developments of Canadian dance and to select artists for their respective festivals and dance series.
The signature activity of the Canada Dance Festival Society brings together over 250 artists from across the country to participate in a 9-day event, promoting contemporary Canadian Dance. The festival is a non-profit national organization that presents live dance performances by professional artists. Since 1997, the CDF has also produced a smaller event during the “off year” to promote its ongoing presence and to further invest in the Ottawa community. Dance Advance started as a series of free performances featuring professional and pre-professional artists from the region. Dance Advance now changes its content each year to respond to partnerships and opportunities to present artists in a less intensive environment.
Canadian Tulip Festival   
– The Canadian Tulip Festival is a tulip festival, held annually in May in Ottawa and Gatineau, Canada. The festival claims to be the world's largest tulip festival, displaying over one million tulips, with attendance of over 500,000 visitors annually. Large displays of tulips are planted throughout the city, and the largest display of tulips is found in Commissioners Park on the shores of Dow's Lake, and along the Rideau Canal with 300,000 tulips planted there alone. As well as tulip displays, the festival also includes music performances, speakers and exhibits of international cuisine.
Carnival of Cultures   
– The Carnival of Cultures, also known as Ottawa's International Folkloric Festival, consists of cultural performances, featuring music, song and dance from around the world. It is located at the picturesque outdoor Astrolabe Theatre at Nepean Point behind the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
The four day event features over 500 artists featuring international folk arts in Ottawa. The event has included Sri Lankan, Venezuela, Filipinos, New Zealand, Lebanese, Mexican, Chinese, Scottish, Caribbean, Japanese, Colombian, Egypt, Latino, Inuit, Polish, Russian, Lebanese, Greek, Odyssey Dance Troupe, Modern jazz, and Ukrainian.
Ottawa Folk Festival   
– The Ottawa Folk Festival is a major Canadian folk music festival. The organization presents a three-day weekend festival in August, as well as an evening benefit concert series throughout the year.
The festival books local, national and international talent. It follows a standard format which sees invited artists playing several short sets on various stages throughout the weekend, often grouped onto quadruple or quintuple bills by topics; this format allows for interaction and jamming between invited artists. Prominent artists also play a set on the evening main stage, with headliners performing 45 minutes to 1 hour. The festival is slanted toward contemporary and popular bluegrass, folk, rock and blues performers, but some traditional folk artists are invited as well.
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