CNE unveiling new attractions to find an ‘evolving and changing audience’


    Wendy Cheung has been going to the Canadian Nationwide Exhibition along with her household nearly yearly since she will bear in mind.

    Though she’s lived in Ottawa for greater than a decade, Cheung, 50, nonetheless makes the journey to Toronto yearly to spend a day along with her household on the Ex.

    They love all the standard attractions, however that is not all that retains them coming again.

    “We go to see what’s new and upcoming and completely different that we have by no means seen earlier than,” stated Cheung, who works as an actual property agent in Ottawa.

    This yr, the CNE employed a novel methodology to give you “the new and upcoming and completely different” that individuals like Cheung crave.

    Utilizing a social media platform referred to as Imaginative and prescient Crucial, the organizers posed questions and obtained responses from round 2,500 folks.

    So, what did they give you this yr? This is a style of the new attractions you possibly can take pleasure in with the Ex opens on Aug. 17:

    Legends of the Silk Street Come to Mild

    Legend of the Silk Street Come to Mild is an exhibit on the historic route that transported uncommon and invaluable items by way of caravan between Asia and Europe.

    In accordance to the CNE web site, 50 artists created 17 “illuminated larger-than-life artificial silk lanterns. These lanterns will stand stories-high in stature and create a luminous kaleidoscope of color.”

    Lanterns comparable to these shall be on show this yr, showcasing legends and myths from the Silk Street. (Canadian Nationwide Exhibition)

    There may even be an Asian market that includes meals and merchandise.

    Silent Disco

    On the evenings of Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 27 and 28, there shall be a disco on Princes’ Boulevard, however with a novel twist.  You can dance, however to music solely you possibly can hear. 

    “As many as 300 headphones shall be made obtainable to patrons (every of whom should go away a deposit which is refunded upon their return), on a first-come, first-serve foundation,” the CNE web site says.

    Big Gnomes

    Gnomes could also be legendary creatures of small stature however the CNE is popping the tables this yr. As you enter Heritage Courtroom from the halfway, you may be greeted by three 12-foot and three 6-foot gnomes “crafted out of their native greenery,” in accordance to the truthful’s web site. 

    “We perceive that our clients mirror the neighborhood by which we reside, multicultural, multi-ethnic and filled with all completely different sorts of views,” stated John Peco, chief officer of enterprise improvement and innovation for the CNE.

    “The neighborhood of Toronto at the moment may be very completely different than what it might need been a technology in the past, so we’ve got to be very delicate to the wants of that evolving and changing viewers,” stated Peco.

    Every new show has its target market, in accordance to Peco. He stated the Silk Street exhibit will characteristic spots for the proper Instagram selfie, to deliver within the millennial viewers.

    Whereas Peco admitted this yr is perhaps leaning extra towards the new, the CNE remains to be preserving across the time-tested fan favourites.

    “It’s positively a steadiness,” stated Peco.

    “We would like to maintain these issues which can be part of the tradition of the town and of the CNE intact, however on the identical time we wish to provide the thrill and have programming that resonates with the wants as they evolve.”

    The Cheung household has been going to the CNE for 40 years. (Submitted by Wendy Cheung)

    Cheung, for her half, stated she’s trying ahead to these new attractions, and plans to check out the new options.

    “It has modified, however for us as a household, it is all the time an attraction for us to go collectively and see what the modifications are.”



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