Kamloops kids get creative at Children's Art Festival

By Adam Donnelly
September 18, 2017 - 5:32pm Updated: September 18, 2017 - 6:08pm

KAMLOOPS — Like ducklings to a pond, children are drawn to creating art. While drawing, painting and crafting are the more common art forms they're exposed to, the options are endless. That’s one of the goals of the Children’s Art Festival: giving young people the tools to open new doors to their imagination.

The man they call RupLoops isn’t your traditional kid's entertainer…

“I call it, like, a live looping act with beatboxing, an eclectic arsenal of instruments and some rapping and singing,” RupLoops explained.

Down at the 18th annual Children’s Art Festival, the audience seemed to enjoy the fusion of sounds he’s able to create. He was just one of many attractions for the thousands of kids who came down to take part in the festival.

“We are one of the only children’s festivals of this scale in the whole province that is 100% free,” Kamloops Arts Council Executive Director Kathy Sinclair told CFJC Today.

Sinclair says while it’s billed as a Children’s Festival, the event truly is for the whole family.

“I think that the parents get as much out of the children’s festival as the kids do,” Sinclair said.

The goal of the festival is to give kids an opportunity to try new art forms, and feel comfortable with their creativity; that’s a message RupLoops can wholeheartedly endorse.

“I really believe that art and creativity are for everybody,” RupLoops explained. “It keeps us healthy in our minds, our hearts, and our spirits.”

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