Pass the hat: Centrefest in danger of shutting down

If Central Albertans want to be entertained by a colourful assortment of street performers in downtown Red Deer this summer, they have to raise $15,000.

If Central Albertans want to be entertained by a colourful assortment of street performers in downtown Red Deer this summer, they have to raise $15,000.

“Centrefest is in danger. Without community support, this festival can no longer continue,” said its director Janice Shimek. She started a GoFundMe crowd-funding campaign, in hope individuals, businesses and organizations will help the free festival continue to bring “a little adventure to the city.”

“Whether it’s $1 or $1,000, every bit helps,” said Shimek.

Centrefest’s international acrobats and comedians have annually drawn 30,000 people to Red Deer’s downtown. What’s a city without a robust arts and culture scene, questioned Shimek, who hopes the community is supportive.

To donate, please visit gofund.me/centrefest.

“Let’s work together to make Red Deer the epicentre of arts and culture in Alberta.”

For more information, call Shimek at 403-505-6094.