Theatre & Performing Arts
A traditional dancer performs at a festival (Dannielle Hayes photo)
The arts scene in the Thompson Okanagan is largely contained within the borders of the "Okanagan Cultural Corridor."
This geographic area is bounded from east to west by Cherryville and Princeton and from north to south by Enderby and Osoyoos.
Kelowna, the biggest city in the corridor, is its epicentre and is home to the Sunshine Theatre Company, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Kelowna. Its major arts venues are the new Visual and Performing Arts Centre and Kelowna Community Theatre.
The Thompson Okanagan's warm, dry climate lends itself to open-air performances and celebrations. Some of the more notable ones include: Okanagan Spring Wine Festival (May); Okanagan Fall Wine Festival (October); Kamloops PowWow (August); Kelowna Regatta (July) and Vernon's Cowboy Festival & Wild West Show (July).
The town of Armstrong is home to the Caravan Farm Theatre, a unique professional theatre company that stages a full-length, open-air musical in July and August as well as the world's only horse-drawn, winter sleigh ride show in December and January.
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421 Cawston Ave
Kelowna, British Columbia
Located in the heart of Kelowna's Cultural District, the Rotary Centre for the Arts is a multidisciplinary visual & performing arts centre. We continually strive to improve the economic, cultural & social quality of life in the community by fostering the participation in & appreciation of the arts. As a world-class venue celebrating creative expression through diverse art forms & disciplines, the Rotary Centre for the Arts is a unique City of Kelowna facility in which individuals of all ages & backgrounds can come together to share in the excitement of developing & strengthening art & culture in the Okanagan.
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3 - 510 Lorne St
Kamloops, British Columbia
Journey back in time aboard our steam-powered heritage train. On the "Spirit of Kamloops" railtour, visitors enjoy reenactments of railway operations as they were in the past, including staff in period uniforms.
In 1906, just east of Kamloops, Bill Miner & his gang robbed a CPR train & made off with the loot. The reenactment of the Bill Miner Train Robbery is a big part of the entertainment on this trip providing some exciting wild-west horsemanship at the finish of the journey.
Guided walking tours of the KRH Park site, seasonal special events, group rates, private charters are also available.