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Hamilton’s Winterfest moves fully online amid COVID-19 lockdown

When Winterfest – Hamilton’s annual celebration of arts, culture, and all things icy – announced their 2021 lineup of programming and events, they had hoped that there would an in-person component to the festivities in an outdoor, distanced manner.

The plan was for this year’s event to feature a roaming Winterfest hub, which would appear in a collection of Hamilton’s neighbourhoods bringing art displays, live entertainment, and other safe activities to spots all over the city.

However, with Hamilton and the rest of the province currently under COVID-19 state of emergency and stay-at-home orders, Winterfest’s original plans have been forced to change and this year’s event has pivoted to an exclusively digital format.

Despite the limits of a virtual festival, Winterfest has nonetheless found some engaging, dynamic, and diverse ways of presenting programming that Hamiltonians can engage with from the comfort of home.

Want to try your hand at salsa dancing? Take in a concert from local artists such as Ilitry or Sneha Reddy? Learn how to crochet or cross-stich? Make your own creative winter-themed bookmark, or take a crash course in Photoshop courtesy of the Hamilton Public Library?

All of this and much, much more is available in the newly adjusted Winterfest programming, with plenty of activities packing the days between January 29th and February 15th; many of which are suitable for the whole family.

Want to learn more and check out the line-up of events? Visit the Hamilton Winterfest website!

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