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Does Edmontonians are prepared and informed about the Festivals of this Summer 2017?

As you well know this monthly space is reserved for a opinion column, but dear reader, this time please allow me the freedom, of just inform you.

In fact, the decision has been made since I could not pass up the opportunity to inform you about the summer festivals that our wonderful city would host.

I would like to begin by mentioning "Sustainival", a festival that Edmonton will for the first time have the opportunity to witness. It should be noted that this event has aroused great social interest, as it is the only Festival that is carried out in its entirety thanks to clean and renewable energies.

From June 8th to 11th, you will have the opportunity to enjoy its incredible mechanical games, delicious mini donuts and prizes in the Servus parking lot of South Common for more information, please visit www.sustainival.com

Now for those more naughty: "One Pride Festival," offers an interesting option.

The parade or gay parade is scheduled for June 10 at 11am. The flagship festival of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community promises live entertainment, music, food, and more. Do not miss the chance to do something different and visit this event from June 8th to 18th, in Old Strathcona. Further details at www.edmontonpride.ca

Now if your tastes are a bit more classic and traditional: "Shakespeare in the Park", it may be an ideal alternative for you.

From June 20 to July 16, in the Amphitheater of Hawrelak Park, you can enjoy the 29th season of these presentations, this year the production will delight us with: "The Merchant of Venice" on the banks of the river.

It is worth mentioning that this world-class production is tradition, not only includes the staging of the actors, because at the end of the show also includes a wonderful and unforgettable sunset along the river in the middle of the Valley.

Another interesting fact that I would like to share with you is that the functions are performed independently of the weather conditions, rain, or thunder the show is carried out in its entirety, so it may be good that you not only prepare your camping chairs, but also a good umbrella. Information about the functions at freewillshakespeare.com

Now for the 7th and 16th of July, at "Sir Winston Churchill Square" the "International Festival of Street Artists" will be presented in its 33rd version, this year more than 40 different artists will be taking part in this festival. Artists from Canada and around the world, for 10 days will magically transform this emblematic location into a playground for kids and adults, as musicians, clowns, dancers, living statues, among others will give life to long days of bright colours, laughter and joy . Information and details at www.edmontonstreetfest.com

If the events mentioned above are not of interest to you: "Servus Heritage Festival" will surely captivate you.

From August 5th to 7th at Hawrelak Park, you will have the opportunity to discover the most vibrant and multicultural Canadian festival of the year. In these 3 days, more than 85 cultures will present their typical dances, art, traditional dishes, costumes and handicrafts.

This Festival represents a perfect opportunity to learn about the traditions of your neighbours, co-workers, friends and even about your ancestors.

Admission of this festival is free, but donations for the food bank are appreciated, further references at heritagefest.ca

If your tastes are rather exotic, "Cariwest" is one of the most colourful and vibrant festivals, with more than 30 years of existence, this festival has become a tourist attraction par excellence.

Cariwest includes hundreds of dedicated artists, participants, volunteers and generous sponsors, is a unique event that last year attracted more than 80,000 people in its three days of presentations.

Located at Sir Winston Churchill Square, from 11 to 13 August, access to the program at www.cariwest.ca

To conclude, I would like to invite you to attend and support our community at: "Edmonton Latino Festival", from August 19th to 20th, in Churchill Square you can enjoy this free festival.

More information on www.edmontonlatinfestival.com

As you can see the summer has already reached our city, temperatures continue to rise and finally we have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoor activities. Please do not miss the opportunity to enjoy not only the good weather, but also these free summer shows of first level.