On behalf of Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley and my NDP Opposition colleagues, welcome to the 14th annual Kaleido Family Arts Festival!
For fourteen years now, the Kaleido Festival has brought community members and artists together for a weekend of creativity, imagination, and so much fun. We can see the effects of this all over Alberta Avenue—front porches become stages, alleys become gathering places, music fills the air, and everyone joins in. Folks from across the city come to see everything this amazing community has to offer.
Best of all, the life that this festival brings to Alberta Avenue continues all year long. Neighbours who meet for the first time at this event may be great friends by next year’s Kaleido Fest. Creative projects that are dreamt up over one weekend in September will keep taking shape throughout the year. Our community will keep getting better and better.
I so appreciate Alberta Avenue residents welcoming us all into their neighbourhood this weekend, and throughout the year. This is a fabulous opportunity to show our support for the Alberta Avenue Arts District, Arts on the Ave, and all of the artists sharing their work with us.
Thank you so much to the organizers, volunteers, artists, and all who’ve played a role in putting on Kaleido Fest this year. Your hard work makes our community vibrant and strong.
Happy Kaleido, friends!
Member of Parliament, Edmonton Centre
To Kaleido Family Arts Festival,
It is with great pleasure that I celebrate Kaleido Family Arts Festival with everyone here today. Kaleido Family Arts Festival is one of the gems of Edmonton arts community. It is truly a place of inspiration, a place where artists' creativity and talents are presented in unique ways.
Kaleido Family Arts Festival is a joyous and exuberant open arts festival that shares the love of Alberta Avenue Arts District. A place where visual and performance artists, literary and film artists, photographers, and musicians showcase their magnificent work. Kaleido is a popular festival that continues to break attendance records. Last year, over 60,000 festival goers attended the Kaleido Festival and this year looks to grow even more. One of the reasons for Kaleido Festival huge success is their mandate which is to foster community by providing educational opportunities and artistic engagement to everyone.
As a lover of the Arts, I am happy to celebrate this milestone alongside many artists. I wish the Kaleido Festival many more years or success, and prosperity. May they always be a source of inspiration to artists here in Edmonton, and across Canada!
Premier of Alberta
On behalf of the Government of Alberta, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone to the Kaleido Family Arts Festival.
The arts can inspire through beauty, define who we are, and transmit our culture from one generation to the next. This wonderful festival brings together Albertans of all ages to celebrate creativity and community. With interactive presentations, colourful performances and inspiring displays, the Kaleido Family Arts Festival makes the arts both everyday and extraordinary, and stirs the artist in each one of us.
Thank you to Arts on the Ave., the sponsors and all of the hardworking volunteers for your continued efforts to highlight the arts in the Alberta Avenue community. You have made this highly anticipated family festival a resounding success each year.
Best wishes to everyone for a safe and enjoyable festival. Have fun!
Dale R. McFee
Chief of Edmonton Police Service, OOM
On behalf of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS), it is a pleasure to welcome you to the Kaleido Family Arts Festival and to the Alberta Avenue neighbourhood.
The Kaleido Family Arts Festival is a unique celebration of our citizens’ talents in the heart of one of Edmonton’s historic communities. You are invited to see Alberta Avenue take new and inventive forms at the hands of these artists and discover some of Edmonton’s local businesses.
Everyone deserves the opportunity to be themselves and express who they are, and this festival represents these values. I am proud to be part of this event and I am humbled by the creative individuals who have worked tirelessly to make this a successful event, year after year. You are all transforming our city into an inclusive and innovative home.
I want to thank each artist for sharing their passion with our city, all volunteers who make this event possible, and to all visitors who support the festival and their community.
Please enjoy this weekend and thank you for showing that, ‘We Believe in 118’.
Leela Sharon Aheer
Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women
As Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Edmonton Kaleido Family Arts Festival.
Every year, this festival brings together the Alberta Avenue community and all of Edmonton to discover, learn, and create. The mission of "arts for everyone" embraces art as a way of connecting with our neighbours and community. Participants can enjoy a variety of performances, listen to talented musicians, or try paper making or Indigenous, Métis, and Inuit crafts. This festival truly has it all.
Sharing our cultures builds strong, vibrant communities. Thank you to the Arts on the Ave board members and staff, volunteers, performers, participants, and sponsors for creating a joyful experience.