Summer in Alberta is fleeting at best. I spent the first part of my visit home in sweat pants, long sleeve shirts and socks trying to keep warm and adjusting to the lower humidity and temperatures than I’m used to. And now I’m in Panama City remembering the heat and humidity of Panama and hoping to be back in my home by Monday.
Edmontonians know how to make the best of the short summer and the city holds a multitude of festivals during the months when the snow is no longer on the ground. The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, one of the first festivals of the year to take its place in downtown Churchill Square was lucky enough to have beautiful warm weather during its run. This year, its 30th the festival attracted 250,000 spectators to the event and a multitude of international performers. The festival is free of charge although festival goers are encouraged to give to the performers by throwing a Loonie or a Toonie in the hat at the end of the performance.
This week I bring you a capture of one of the local groups performing at the festival on the afternoon I attended. Rhythm Speaks is a dance group that represents the Hip Hop way of life by blending Hip Hop and their First Nations culture. The crew combines time-honoured pow-wow dance moves with b-boying and b-girling. The key focus of the group is to educate the public about what Hip Hop and First Nations people stand for…peace, love, unity and having fun. The group seamlessly blended the two cultures together. This young fellow performed a traditional First Nations Hoop Dance with very non traditional music for a very entertaining performance.http://retirenicaragua.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/weekly-photo-challenge-summer-lovin/ http://wisemonkeysabroad.com/2014/07/26/weekly-photo-challenge-summer-lovin/ http://artmoscow.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/plucking-the-berry-of-her-innocence-on-a-raspberry-bush/ http://kosheradobo.com/2014/07/25/summer-lovin-bubbles-and-tevas/ http://rouladen.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/camera-love/ http://thegreenerbench.com/2014/07/26/lone-pool-swimmer/ http://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/pimms-oclock/ http://srollinson7.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/home-grown-weekly-photo-prompt/ http://optimisticmisfit.com/2014/07/25/summer-storm/ http://ambitiousdrifter.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/weekly-photo-challenge-summer-on-the-beach/