Aug 17, 18, 19, 2023
Simple Reflections for Artists
2023 marks the 5th anniversary of the Simple Reflections for Artists festival. The festival is a fusion of culture and community through the visual and performing arts. More than 100 local musicians, dancers and artists will showcase their talent and cultures. New this year, the festival will kick off with a concert at the Good Foundation Theatre and Market Lane on August 17th, as part of the London City of Music Concert Series. On August 18th, we will celebrate the next generation of local talent at the Simple Reflections Youth Showcase at Covent Garden Market square. On August 19th, attend the 5th anniversary of the Simple Reflections for Artists Festival at Covent Garden Market.
Be sure to save the date and join the Simple Reflections for Artists family in celebrating diverse artists and art forms from all over the world.
London City of Music
Presenter: Simple Reflections for Artists
On August 17th, 2023, from 7-10 pm, the historic pathway between Dundas Street and Covent Garden Market will come to life with local London artists sharing musical, dance and artistic traditions from diverse countries and cultures. Featured by the London City of Music Concert Series, the Simple Reflections for Artists Collective will kick off a three-day celebration of culture, community and the arts.
Register to attend: details to follow.
On August 18th from 5-9 pm at Covent Garden Market, join the Simple Reflections for Artists family in celebrating the next generation of local talent at the Youth Showcase. Young people in our community are mentored by talented musicians, dancers and visual artists from all over the world.“By welcoming these youth into community spaces and celebrating their achievements, we plant seeds of belonging and pride that will nurture our collective cultural landscape for years to come.” - Simple Reflections Founder Dario Novoa.
Thank you to the Digital Creative Arts Centre, the London Music Awards, Covent Garden Market and Downtown London for sponsoring this event.
Forest City Fusion Festival
On August 19th from 2-11 pm, visit Covent Garden Market for the Forest City Fusion Festival. Experience cultural expressions by 20+ musical and dance acts, such as salsa, reggae, rock, folk, belly dancing and more. Visual artists will paint live and display their work. Market vendors will sell delicious and diverse food and drinks.
2023 is the 5th year of the festival, which is designed as an opportunity for Londoners to discover and build connections with neighbours who have deep cultural roots and have come from all over the world to make London their home.
“With the designation of London as Canada's first UNESCO City of Music, it is time to recognize and celebrate the incredible talent in our community. The Simple Reflections Festival at Covent Garden Market removes barriers for emerging artists, including young people, who are the future of our local art and culture scene” - Simple Reflections for Artists Founder Dario Novoa.
Each performer at the festival is a member of the Simple Reflections for Artists Collective, which was created to remove barriers for up-and-coming local artists to showcase their talents. Members of the Collective range from high-profile global musicians to visual and performing artists who have developed their skills in Canada. Many members of the Collective were nominated for the Forest City London Music Awards (FCLMA) this year, including the Collective Founder, Dario Novoa.
"Simple Reflections has quickly become a vital event for our community. It brings people together and offers a snapshot into the world of many London artists. At the same time, it stitches together multiple arts disciplines." Mario Circelli, Founder and Chair of the FCLMA.
Thank you to the Digital Creative Arts Centre, the London Music Awards, Covent Garden Market and Downtown London for sponsoring this event. Thank you as well to every artist, dancer, musician and volunteer who makes Simple Reflections for Artists possible.