The Summer in the City Festival is Steinbach's most fun and entertaining way to celebrate another summer solstice! This year's Festival featured an Artists in the City Courtyard, with professional landscaping, a soothing fountain and bistro tables. Ten artists were on site painting in acrylics and watercolor, creating stained glass and expertly moulding clay on a potter's wheel. The Culture in the City tents were a huge success, with exciting food and enterntainment from cultures around the world. Our local performers did an amazing job on the Prudential Main Stage, whether it was raining or sunny - and crowds enjoyed headliners Doc Walker and Burton Cummings Band.

I was involved with the Kid's Mural where children could leave their artistic mark by painting a tile - the mural looks awesome and will be on display at the Arts Council. The Arts Council also had a "50/50 Here!" Fundraiser, with proceeds going to programming at your local community Arts Centre. It was a great success - thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated in making this year's Festival an all-around success.

I was especially excited to see activities happening in the Main Stage Compound - it was perfect for parents and grandparents who wanted to enjoy the performers on stage! The kids could participate in fun water games and relays while parents enjoyed the food and entertainment. The Creative Youth Council did such a great job in coming up with activities for not only kids, but teens and youth as well. There was Door Art, Funky Fences and Origami... whenever I came to see what was going on, there were always groups of kids and youth who looked like they were having an amazing time participating in these activities. Katimavik youth volunteers also helped to make this portion of the Festival flow smoothly and provide help in a number of areas including set up and the ART ZONE. A huge thanks to this amazing group!

Submitted by Shannon Neufeld, Marketing Coordinator (Steinbach Arts Council)

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About the Steinbach Arts Council

The Steinbach Arts Council, an umbrella organization for performing and visual arts groups, enriches the lives of our community through development of local artists and musicians and exposure to professional art forms. The Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre is a home for all these groups and their programs. It’s purpose is to create an environment where all arts disciplines can work together under one roof and share their resources and their talents with each other, and the entire Arts Community!

For more info, visit steinbachartscouncil.ca.

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