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Ecofest Barrie returns to Heritage Park June 9th and 10th, bringing new features and performers with a special focus on Water – lifeblood of our world. The festival, presented by Douglas Pettigrew in partnership with the City of Barrie, celebrates Barrie’s connection to Lake Simcoe and the growing commitment to living sustainably.

“Ecofest Barrie 2012 promises to be one of the most significant environmental festivals yet” says Doug Pettigrew. “Strong commitment from the City of Barrie and exciting new community partnerships will see the festival’s message and reach grow beyond just a once a year event. “

Ecofest Barrie’s 2012 theme – “Water is the lifeblood of our World” will be explored through special programs at the festival. These will include a special Splash Ballet that will feature choreography by ex-Cirque Du Soleil performers and areal dancers. The Ladies of the Lake will share a presentation of the Splash Water Centre focused on the preservation of Lake Simcoe. The Water for World Peace Conscious Collective will present a unique water experience that is not to be missed.

The festival’s association with Barrie’s Back2Basics Social Developments will bring a youth perspective to festival programming for art, music and culture. Back2Basics youth education programs will be part of the festival, engaging performers and artists from the community.  Proceeds raised through the festival will help to support the group’s environmental and youth programming throughout the year.

Organic and local food will be front and centre in the “One World Market Cafe” featuring foods demonstrations, a raw food picnic and a wholesome look at every day food life. The Georgian Bay Organic Growers Association and Chai Gilbert of Givingtree B&B in Collingwood will showcase the best our region has to offer in sustainable food production.

Look for Ecofest Barrie to be “off the grid” offering new options for festivals in the Barrie Region. George Hughes of Simcoe Solar will be supporting the festival green technologies with options for powering main stages, vendor booths and more.

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