FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2015
Media contact: Darka Tarnawsky, Bottom Line Productions
2015 SILVER SKATE FESTIVAL
FEBRUARY 13 – 22 | HAWRELAK PARK
Celebrating its 25th year, the Silver Skate Festival is Edmonton’s longest running winter festival. Rooted in the Dutch tradition of a love of the outdoors and of experiencing winter’s cultural and aesthetic beauty, the festival has exploded into an extravaganza of art, culture, recreation and sports programming.
From February 13 to 22, Silver Skate features a wide variety of free events and activities in Hawrelak Park, including large-scale snow and fire sculptures, an epic ice slide, roving performers, horse drawn sleigh rides, live music, winter sports, food trucks and more. Highlights include the Cessco Snow Sculpture Symposium, a Fire Sculpture Installation, “Land of the Golden Apples” Folk Trail, and a Heritage Village in celebration of Edmonton's rich cultural heritage featuring pioneer, francophone and aboriginal pieces. Free Festival programming and activities run February 13 - 15, 21 & 22 from 1pm to 9pm, and noon to 5pm February 16 – Family Day.
This year's major sporting events include the Mammoet Edmonton Winter Triathlon, Northgate Industries Skate Races, Snow Shoe Races, Dead Cold Run and the Angus Watt Advisory Group Kortebaan Races.
Thanks to generous support from Tecnicas Reunidas Canada, the Silver Skate Festival is offering a Free Park n' Ride service to Hawrelak Park from University Transit Centre (Bus Stop # 2636) and U of A Windsor Parkade. Parking is available at theWindsor Parkade for $5. The Shuttle runs February 14 & 15th, 12pm-9pm, and February 16, 12pm-6pm.
Snow Sculpture Symposium | Feb. 13 – 16 | 10am-6pm
Teams from Ukraine, Italy, Argentina & Chile, Mexico, Red Deer and 3 teams from Edmonton, create works of art from eight blocks of snow measuring 8' high x 8' wide x 8' deep, making an ephemeral sculpture garden for the Silver Skate audiences to enjoy throughout the Festival. Sculpting wraps up on Monday February 16, 2015 at Noon.
Sculpture garden | February 17 – 22 | 9am-9pm
Family Skate Party | Feb. 14 | 5pm – 8pm
Bring the family and skate along to the Fresh Music playlist on the Lake of Hawrelak Park, plus be eligible to win a variety of great prizes.
Heritage Village | Feb. 14 – 16, 21 & 22 | 1pm – 5pm
Aboriginal encampment | dog sledding & blacksmithing demonstrations |
Free Family Fun Zone | Feb. 13 – 16, 21 & 22 | 1pm – 5pm
Horse-drawn sleigh rides l Snow-shoeing | Orienteering |Cross-country skiing l Family Snow Sculpture
Winter Sports Fun | Feb 14 – 16, 21 & 22 | 1pm-5pm
Snow luge | Curling | Broomball | Hockey
Live Music | Feb 13 - 16: 1pm-7pm | Feb 21 & 22: 1pm-7pm
When the sun sets, musicians will perform throughout the festival. Stay tuned for a list of live performers in the park.
Folk Trail: Land of the Golden Apples | Feb 14 & 15, 20 & 21 | 4pm-8pm
Each year, our nomadic performers delight audiences by acting out a story for several nights during the festival. This is interactive theatre at its best and festival goers are encouraged to participate by writing down their regrets, unhappy feelings, or sad memories in the Story Telling tent. Every evening, these pieces of paper will be put into lanterns and set on fire during the lantern walk that wraps up the evening.
Lantern-making workshops: 4.30pm-7pm | Lantern-processions: 7.30pm
Fire Sculpture | Feb 14 & 15, 20 & 21 | 7.45pm
The dramatic fiery finale to each evening of the Land of the Golden Apples folk trail, teams of artists build combustible sculptures following the folk trail theme.
Sculpture-building | 9am-7pm
Snow Shoe Races l February 15 l 10:30am-2pm
These races are open to participants of all skill levels, from beginner through advanced-level athletes. Features a 5km race and a 1km Family Fun Run.
Dead Cold Run l February 16 l 10am
The Silver Skate Festival can be a winter wonderland - or a snowy death trap, if you're a runner with a penchant for zombies. This year, the Dead Cold Run will be held during the festival, offering both a beautiful winter run and solid training for the zombie apocalypse.
Kortebaan Races l February 21 l 8am-5pm
The Dutch Kortebaan (pronounced “court-te-ban”) is a traditional speed-skating sprint race held on outdoor ice. Historically, it was one of the first formats used to declare speed-skating champions in Holland and winners were usually awarded prize money – and a ham. In our version of the event, pairs of skaters race down a straight, 160-m route on frozen Hawrelak Park Lake. One by one, skaters are eliminated until the final two compete in a sudden-death race. The final skater left standing wins Cash and bragging rights (ham not included).
Skate Races | February 21: 9am l February 22: 9:30am
All are invited to take part in the 10km/25km Marathon Skate Races on the 5-hectare lake at Hawrelak Park. These races are among the festival's signature events and have their roots in the Europe - especially in the Netherlands, where long-distance speed skating is popular. Skaters use frozen lakes, canals, rivers, and ovals (both indoor and outdoor), and compete in races ranging from 10 km to 200 km.
Edmonton Winter Triathlon | February 22 | 9.30am – 1pm
The 2015 Edmonton Winter Triathlon (EWT) is a 5km or 2.5 km run, 12km or 4km skate, and 8km or 4km ski.
For more information about the 2015 Silver Skate Festival, to access race registration or to volunteer, please visit www.silverskatefestival.org.
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