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

“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.

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