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Digital talent to hit the stage and screen at Richmond World Festival

24 August2016

Cinevolution’s Your Kontinent Digital Carnival is back for another evening of innovative audio-visual storytelling at the Richmond World Festival, presented by Coast Capital Savings. 

This year’s Digital Carnival will celebrate cutting edge digital technology and promising media artists from Metro Vancouver and Canada. Festival guests can look forward to unique and compelling pieces that incorporate sound, image, movement and more. The Digital Carnival runs from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Global Village presented by Port of Vancouver. The Richmond World Festival is a free day-long celebration of music food and culture that runs from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 3.

Cinevolution launched the Digital Carnival in 2012 with the mission to bring new media art works outside of the Vancouver art scene into the community. Joining the Richmond World Festival in 2015 has helped their program reach a much broader audience.

"Seeing so many kids and parents, who normally wouldn't have chance to experience this type of art, are so engaged with the artists and their creation, it really feels rewarding," said Lynn Chen, program director of Cinevolution. "We really hope these artistically innovative, socially relevant, and emotionally engaging media art works will generate curiosity, expand perspectives and enrich the conversation about the world we are living today."

Water is the theme of this year’s Digital Carnival, highlighting social, political, scientific, cultural and philosophical aspects seen in our river and ocean fronting community and beyond.

"This exhibition explores our current relationship with water and aims to foster a more mindful and meaningful relationship through reflection, introspection, advocacy and activism to prioritize its importance for future generations," said Wynne Palmer, a Vancouver-based integrated media artist and curator of this year's Digital Carnival.

The Digital Carnival’s featured artist this year is Sammy Chien, a Taipei born, Vancouver-based media artist.

Before the Digital Carnival gets started, stop by the Richmond Youth Media Festival – a unique hands-on opportunity for young people to engage in the exciting world of digital media. Take in some award winning films, create your own animation, videos, Gifs, music, and showcase your talent together with professional media artists at the Your Kontinent Digital Carnival. The Richmond Youth Media Festival runs from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Richmond Cultural Centre.

Both the Richmond Youth Media Festival and Your Kontinent Digital Carnival are presented by Cinevolution Media Arts Society. Based in Richmond, BC, Cinevolution decentralizes arts and endeavour to plow a new ground for connecting artists and academics to the community.

The Richmond World Festival features over 60 music and dance performances on nine stages, an international food truck festival with more than 40 food trucks and the Culinary Stage, the Global Village with interactive cultural activities and performances, Artisan Marketplace, Wide World of Sports and more.

The Richmond World Festival is produced by the City of Richmond and presented by Coast Capital Savings. The Main Stage sponsor is YVR; Global Village is sponsored by Port of Vancouver; the Fusion Culinary Stage is sponsored by Richmond Centre and Kids World is sponsored by Cowell Auto Group. Community sponsors are Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel. Media sponsors are CTV, 94.5 Virgin Radio, Richmond News, Georgia Straight, Kiss Radio,102.7 The Peak, Z95.3, and Miss 604.

Visit www.richmondworldfestival.com for event details and for updates follow @FunRichmond on Twitter, #RichmondWorldFest. For more information on Cinevolution, visit www.cinevolutionmedia.com.