The 2 Rivers Remix Festival hit the road and moved to Kamloops on July 6. The performances, which included music, dance and spiritual spoken word took place at the arbour of the Tk’emlups Secwepemc Band.
The event was scheduled from noon to 11 PM with no admission charge. The performers were mainly First Nations musicians and dancers and included many well known musicians, including the Margit Sky Project, Kym Gouchie, George Leach, the Melawmen Collective, Kinnie Starr, the Gerald Charlie Band, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, and many more.
While plenty of dancing took place, official dance performances came from women who are natives of Mexico. I attended the afternoon festivities and was amazed by the diverse selection of music and dance.
There were many tables with merchandise, some reflecting the finding of the unmarked graves of indigenous children found at the Kamloops Residential School, including the art display of Johnny Bandura.
The 2 Rivers Remix Festival will continue at Cache Creek Park from July 8-10.