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By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted January 06, 2011 at 15:09:45

The constant act of putting anything and everything out in the middle of nowhere so as to position them as a "regional draw" has become something of a sick joke. Has anyone beyond Hamilton heard of the Festival of Friends? How exactly is taking this out of the exact middle of the lower city and putting it on the limits going to bring more people in? Or is this simple an attempt to escape the "ghetto" that is Cumberland, or Kensington Avenue (giggle)? It's festival sprawl.

Hamilton needs festivals with character. The ones we have (especially since Earthsong left) have a really lowest-common-denominator feel to them. What exactly is a Hamilton Mardi-Gras anyway, and why does it happen in the summer? I've been to a real Mardi-Gras, and it works because it's a colourful and different experience rooted strongly in a place/community (New Orleans). The point of a festival is not to appeal to everybody in the usual ways, but to take one or two days to appeal to what people might be interested in for a day or two.

Wanna see a really successful local tradition of this sort? The re-enactment of the battle of Stoney Creek. Now there's something that's different, largely home-made, educational and very Hamiltonian.

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