Winterlude Kick-Off Celebration – S11E14

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Friday night at Confederation Park in Ottawa, Winterlude kicked off its 38th edition of the Winter festival in the Nation’s Capital. Of all the times to checked out Winterlude, I never got to be at the kick-off celebration.

Prior to the kick-off, I was able to take photos of the ice sculptures, there were some that weren’t completed. By the water fountain, there were other sculptures completed.
By 7:30pm, the kick-off started and I only checked out Insolita as they dazzled the crowd with fire and drumming.

Winterlude runs from January 29th to February 15th.

Apologies for the lack of posts on the blog to start 2016, but don’t fret! Chinese New Year is near and expect a few posts on the festivities.
One last thing, the photos from the Winterlude Kick-Off is over on Flickr, click HERE.

The Governor General’s Winter Celebration – S11E13

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Happy New Year and apologies for the sparse update on the blog. It’s been a quiet December and start of January.

On Saturday afternoon, our lion dance troupe had the opportunity to perform inside Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s residence. The event was part of The Governor General’s Winter Celebration. There were winter activities for the families to enjoy. There were horse sleigh rides and various embassies from other countries to show what winter traditions they showcased.

The lion dance was there for the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and it was nice set up to Chinese New Year coming up. It will be the year of the monkey.

Our performance was inside the ballroom at Rideau Hall and there was a good crowd checking out as well as the Governor General, David Johnston who also brought along his dog. It was a fun time to be inside a marvelous building and it’s rare to be inside Rideau Hall.

Lastly, you can check out the photos at Flickr by clicking HERE.
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