Festival of Neighbourhoods

Splash of Summer Activities

May 25 2018

May E Neighbour 2018Take a look at some of the gatherings hosted in Kitchener neighbourhoods in the summer 2017. In our May edition of thE-Neighbour, you will find ideas and suggestions how to enhance a sense of belonging and connectedness with your neighbours. Summer months are as well the time when our staff and volunteers do outreach and if you want them to stir things up on your street or your building, write to us now at entries@festvialofneighbourhoods.ca.  Read more about the neighbourhoods that received a boost in previous years. 

Neighbours Reach Out!

Nov 20 2017

November 2017 E-NeighbourNeighbours reach out, connect and belong at Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods celebration!  KITCHENER— On Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods hosted its annual celebration marking the festival’s 24th season. More than 17,000 people from across Kitchener participated in the 130 gatherings registered with Festival of Neighbourhoods. Neighbourhood gatherings ranged in size from four to 1,000 participants.

The Schneider’s Creek and Settlers Grove neighbourhoods took home the Festival’s main prize, two $20,000 capital grants provided by the City of Kitchener.

The Pillar Award, sponsored by Steed and Evans, for a neighbourhood who has registered an event for five or more years, was presented to Bridgeport neighbourhood. The Newcomer Award (for a first-time registered activity), sponsored by the Victoria Park Neighbourhood Association, was presented to the Doon South neighbourhood.

2017 Inclusion Challenge

Mar 11 2017

2016 FON Clothes LineThis year we invite everyone to take the Reach! Challenge, by designing neighbourhood gatherings in a way that breaks down invisible, but oh so real, barriers for people to participate. We know that sometimes there is a fine line between someone ‘wanting’ or ‘being interested’ in connecting with their neighbours and their not feeling comfortable, able or welcome to come out to neighbourhood gatherings. We are excited to be preparing a tool about how to be intentionally inclusive, accessible and welcoming based on our 24 year's long experience with Festival of Neighbourhoods. Read more in our March E-Neighbour

Celebrate Neighbours Day 2016

Jun 8 2016

Festival of Neighbourhoods team will be celebrating this year's Neighbours Day and would like to see you and talk to you on your street about all the extraordinary and powerful things that happen in the ordinary, everyday, common places that we share. Read about some of the stories the neighbours have told us. What is your story? Share it at entries@festivalofneighoburhoods.ca or registser your neighbourhood activity with us. Find a list of all the Neighbours Day activities at the City of Kitchener website or on our Festival Map 2016.

May E-Neighbour is Here!

May 1 2016

Start planning for this summer's neighbourhood fun. Meet more neighbours for one of many Jane's Walk this weekend and begin making big and small plans for gatherings outdoors in the sun. Read more about the tips and tools we have for you and get in touch if you need some help setting up your first neighbourhood activity! 

Neighbours Talk - July E-Neighbour

Jul 20 2015

Mension GardenNeighbourhood Activity Guide has come online! You can find a print copy of the guide at your community centre. Browse it and copy the pages you would need. It is a pilot project and we hope to work with your feedback, add more suggestions about how to organize neighbourhood activities and grow the collection. Read more about the 3rd Early Bird prize winner in the July E-Neighbour and join the Neighbours Talk online and off line! See the results of our first Neighbours Talk survey and find a 10 x 10 canopy in the Neighbourhood Activity Trunk

May E-Neighbour is Here!

May 12 2015

We can always make our neighbourhood activities more inclusive. Paula Saunders from the Independent Living Centre, our sponsor of the Inclusion Award, gives us some ideas how to remove barriers for greater participation in neighbourhood get-togethers. Do not forget to tell us more about your efforts to make activities and spaces more accessible when you register your activity.

March 2015 Green E-Neighbour

Mar 10 2015

Tree SeedlingSpring is around the corner! With the celebration of Earth Month Events, the City of Kitchener has supported clean-ups that are now traditional activities in many neighbourhoods. Take a look at suggestions on how to bring neighbours together for environmental action in the March E-Neighbour and make your activity Green Neighbourhood Award worthy! 

Growing Traditions in Kitchener

Jan 12 2015

Colin`s Toy Drive 2014This year we encourage you to come together with your neighbours to connect with each other and to grow your own traditions. In the January E-Neighbour you can read about neighbourhoods tha come together each year, month or week and the impact those activities have on their families and their communtiy. We hope you will jump on the "traditions bandwagon" and register all activities and events. The first Early Bird registrations deadline is January 13th! 

Festival of Neighbourhoods Planning Group

Nov 24 2014

Capital Grant WinnerThe November E-Neighbour brings good memories of the last Finale celebration and reminds us of the award winners. The New Season has already started and we hope you will embrace the new theme and make it part of your neighbourhood gatherings "Creating Connections, Growing Traditions".  We are thrilled to open a Festival of Neighbourhoods Planning Group and to invite you all to the first meeting on December 9th, 6 - 7:30 pm at the Youth Room at the Downtown Community Centre. Meet like-minded people and help shape the future of the Festival.