IMPACT 11 Opening Night

Tonight marked the opening of the IMPACT 11 international theatre festival.

After months of preparation, doors opened and the curtains rose.

The opening ceremony was a mixture of cultural performances from all over the world. It was an experience full of dances, songs, costumes, lights and movements that make the IMPACT 11 stages in downtown Kitchener the ideal place to play, engage, rejuvenate and party!

Waterloo Region's diverse community was showcased, celebrating the past, present and future of our varied stories as passionate members of local, national, and international artistic communities spoke of their excitement for the upcoming festivities.

Aboriginal, Latin American, Middle Eastern and African artists took us on a theatrical journey that reflected our lives, challenges and dreams. Shortly after, the highly anticipated La Razon de las Ofelias (L’Expose Danza Contemporánea, Colombia), took the stage in a powerful performance that moved the audience. An ethnic expression of struggle gave a taste of the carefully crafted festival ahead.

Audiences moved from the Conrad Centre across the street to the Walper Hotel to enjoy the salacious Asphalt Jungle Hot Pants, and the Rum Runner Pub,  the official festival bar, where KW’s Favourite Burlesque Troupe presented The Girly Show – sexy and sultry!