Fort Henry's 2015 Pan American Cultural Festival Announced
KINGSTON, Ontario – The 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games, officially the XVII Pan American Games, is a major international multi-cultural sporting event that is scheduled to be held from July 10–26, 2015, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with some events held in seventeen other Golden Horseshoe communities. The Parapan Am Games will take place August 7-15, 2015.
From July 1 to 4th, Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada, Ontario’s only UNESCO Designated World Heritage Site will host a FREE four day festival in celebration of the Games. The Fort Henry Pan Am Festival, in partnership with the City of Kingston will also be host to TO 2015’s official ceremony at the final stopping point for the Torch Relay in Kingston. For more information on Kingston’s Torch Relay, visit www.tourism.kingstoncanada.com.
The Fort Henry Pan Am Festival will be a unique celebration of the arts (music, dance, art and crafts), community, sport and cultural diversity. All Fort Henry programming including guided tours, Garrison Parades, Military Demonstrations, live cannon firings and musical performances will be FREE admission to all visitors from Wednesday, July 1 through Saturday, July 4, 2015. An exciting line-up of performers and events that will take place over four days is shaping up. Performers have been selected to showcase the cultural diversity of Pan American entertainment from music to dance.
Wednesday, July 1 – Special Canada Day Fort Henry programming will be offered with a live Pan American themed entertainment line-up starting at 4:00 p.m. with John Torres, renowned children’s performer Mystic Drums, SamBatuKana samba band, Quetzocoat! Aztec drumming and dancing and a performance by SALON Theatre. Plus there will be cultural arts and crafts and other activities.
Starting at 8:00 p.m., the world famous Fort Henry Guard will give a special FREE admission Canadian themed Evening Retreat. This event will be a version of the Sunset Ceremony with a special Salute to Nations component that will highlight Canada, the Americas and the Caribbean including a parade of Flags saluting all of the participating nations. Fort Henry Hill will be the perfect vantage point to enjoy the City of Kingston’s Canada Day fireworks display.
Thursday, July 2 – Fort Henry will be pleased to showcase the beauty of Ontario by hosting a Pan Am Music Concert to celebrate the diversity of the 41 countries that will make up the Pan Am Nations. Performers will be from Canada, USA, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. The dynamic and talented Canadian R&B singer-songwriter Jully Black, the official Pan Am Ambassador for TO2015, will headline an impressive line-up of music, dance and performing artists. Ballet Creole, Jerry Cans, Quique Escamilla will be part of the diverse entertainment on the main stage. Many other performers and presenters join the line up on the cultural stage starting at noon.
The official Pan Am Torch Relay hosted by the City of Kingston will make its way through the city on July 2 ending at Fort Henry in a special ceremony at 5:30 p.m. during the Pan American Festival. The City of Kingston is sponsoring a full schedule of activities along the waterfront throughout the day. For more information, visit www.tourism.kingstoncanada.com.
Friday, July 3 – Alex Cuba a Cuban-Canadian, Latin Grammy/Juno winning, singer-songwriter will be Friday’s headline performer. Cuba won a Juno for World Music Album of the Year in 2006 and was named Best New Artist at the 2010 Latin Grammy Awards. He is touring this summer in support of his newly released album Healer. Other performers will include Maricio Montecinos, Kobo Town, Vinx and Bombolese. Workshops, demonstrations and performances by many local groups as well as headliners will be held in the cultural zone starting at noon. The Kingston School of Dance will offer free dance lessons on July 3 and 4.
Saturday, July 4 – Hannah Shira Naiman, De Temps Antan and Lazo will perform on the main stage, along with workshop offerings through the afternoon. The finale on July 4 will be a USA Independence Day special themed celebration at 8pm. The Fort Henry Guard will perform a Pan American themed Evening Retreat which will highlight diverse cultural themes mixed with a special guest performance with US Military Band participation. An Independence Day Salute to Nations component highlighting the USA, the Americas and the Caribbean is sure to be a showstopper, complete with a fireworks display.
“The Fort Henry Pan American Festival will be a very family focused event and will be the perfect opportunity to experience and support the cultural diversity in our community over the course of the four days. All programming at Fort Henry all four days will be free, including the Evening Retreat events on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Each day will include cultural art and crafts, face painters, community mural, obstacle courses and other games for children and families. In fact, you will even have the chance to try some of the games featured at the Pan Am Games and see demonstrations from local clubs.
As part of the festival we are creating a look at sport and games in 1867, with a focus on those that still exist as competitions in the Pan Am Games today. We will also have a recreation of the game Skittles, which was played by the guard, for festival goers to experience firsthand. The festival is really getting the community engaged. Admission to all Festival activities is free. We are very pleased to be a part of the Kingston Torch Relay.” – Jennifer Tarini, Operations Manager, Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada.
For more information visit www.FortHenry.com or call Customer Service at 1-800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328 (locally).