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posted by: Stanford Inn & Suites Grande Prairie on: July 18, 2013
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When most people hear the words “street performance”, they think of a busker with an acoustic guitar, a magician with a deck of cards, or maybe an artist sketching caricatures. And while these are, indeed, time honoured forms of street performance, the category is far more diverse and exciting than most would expect, incorporating everything from extravagant circus acts to death defying stunts. There is no stage, no lights, no ushers, just a flat stretch of asphalt and a crowd of eager spectators standing just a few feet from the show.
At this weekend’s Grande Prairie International Street Performers Festival, some of the most original and acclaimed street performers from countries across the globe will take to the streets to wow audiences with all manner of eclectic acts. The fun begins at 4:30pm on Friday, July 19, with performances until 10pm that evening. It continues on Saturday from noon to 10pm and Sunday from noon to 6pm.
The festival events take place at the intersection of 100 Avenue and 100 Street in downtown Grande Prairie. In addition to street performances, there will be a food court, artisans’ market, art exhibition and “KidZone”, where youngsters can learn to stilt-walk from street performers while parents relax with a cold drink. 
Entertainers on the bill this year include cabbage-juggling comedian Mike Wood, otherworldly performance artists, The Cosmonettes of Zarath and balloon sculptor Phileas Flash. There is no admission charge for watching the performances, but spectators are encouraged to bring loonies and toonies to show their appreciation when performers “pass the hat”.
As an official sponsor of the Street Performers Festival, the Stanford Grande Prairie Hotel is proud to welcome so many talented artists and performers to our city. For anyone here to take in the entertainment this weekend, we offer comfortable and affordable accommodations on 100 Avenue just five minutes from the festival.