Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Film project tells newcomers’ stories Local filmmaker explores what it means to be Edmontonian

Newcomers can have tumultuous experiences, as local filmmaker Jason Gondziola explores in the documentary series Becoming Edmonton.

The community film project features nine short films and took two years to complete. Gondziola collaborated with Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Edmonton Multicultural Coalition, and Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers and received funding from Edmonton Heritage Council and Edmonton Arts Council. Continue reading Film project tells newcomers’ stories Local filmmaker explores what it means to be Edmontonian

Digging at the roots of a thousand faces Festival aims to connect us through root stories

“The inciting moment was when I got to see Star Wars with my buddies,” Mark Henderson, artistic director of Thousand Faces Festival, said of his love for epics.

It was another moment, years later, that sparked Henderson’s idea for the festival, when recalling how George Lucas spoke about re-reading Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces to finish the first Star Wars screenplay.

The festival has been going strong since 2011. “I decided I wanted to create a festival where we explored, shared, and celebrated the truly greatest stories that are at the roots of all different cultures,” Henderson said, “many of which share very similar patterns.” These stories are what he coins a “root story”.

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The Carrot offers all-ages Hip Hop Night New programming fills a niche in the community

The hip hop community and those curious about the art form now have a space to perform and learn at The Carrot on the second last Wednesday of every month.

Meaghan Underhill, The Carrot’s volunteer and events coordinator, explained the idea for an ongoing program began while programming events for Black History Month.

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Telling a story in under five minutes Digital Story project featured 19 short films

On March 30, a crowd packed the gallery at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts. They were there to see 19 short videos, each under five minutes, the result of the year-long Digital Storytelling project initiated by writer-in-residence Jocelyn Brown.

“I was working here with the artists individually on storytelling, but for a few of the artists at the Nina, telling a story in the traditional way just didn’t work for them. They might’ve not been able to speak or the stories they wanted to tell weren’t always linear in the traditional way. And they’re here as visual artists, so I was really looking for a way where we didn’t have to rely on text as much,” Brown said.

 

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Masjid Quba mosque holds an open house Tour introduced visitors to local Muslim community

Alberta Avenue has always been populated by newcomers to Canada. In the last 10 years, many people moving to our community are from Somalia, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, and other Arab countries.

Many mosques serve a distinct geographic population, but the Masjid Quba mosque serves an ethnically and culturally diverse group that reflects the community make-up. Continue reading Masjid Quba mosque holds an open house Tour introduced visitors to local Muslim community

Delton School stops ignorance with education Fighting prejudice with food, history, and culture

Ignorance is a well-known root cause of prejudice. To combat this, Delton School is offering a refreshing solution.

The goal is to educate not only students, but also their families and the broader community about the many cultures in their neighbourhood. Since January, Delton School has dedicated one night per month to celebrating culture with its Intercultural Family Night. Continue reading Delton School stops ignorance with education Fighting prejudice with food, history, and culture

The road to creating community initiatives Advice and resources to get a project on its feet

Many community initiatives happen in our area, encompassing everything from small community projects to big festivals.

Wesley Andreas, creator of Animate the Avenue Alleys, is a great example of someone who developed a successful initiative. A few years ago, he needed to repaint his garage, but wanted something creative. He participated in an event called DIY City and painted a simple, bright cityscape and silhouettes of people. Continue reading The road to creating community initiatives Advice and resources to get a project on its feet

SkirtsAfire premieres a new play The Mommy Monologues explores facets of modern motherhood

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Like a prism to light, the main stage production of this year’s SkirtsAfire HerArts Festival presents 10 unique stories from as many local writers on the topic of motherhood.

Directed by Glenda Stirling, The Mommy Monologues premieres at the Alberta Avenue Community Centre Cabaret Theatre and runs March 2-12. The two-hour show, written and performed by women, features one song and nine monologues in genres ranging from comedy to thriller. Continue reading SkirtsAfire premieres a new play The Mommy Monologues explores facets of modern motherhood

Serca Festival shows love of Irish influence Enjoy Irish arts and culture at long-running local festival

Liz Hobbs is an incredibly busy woman. Organizing festivals is her main gig, but she also directs theatre productions, writes, acts, and is currently the artistic director of the Serca Festival of Irish Theatre.

During the time I was tracking her down, Hobbs was in and out of the province. In and out of Edmonton. She was coordinating the Silver Skate Festival Folk Trail, then up to Kinuso (near Slave Lake) to audition 200 kids for Fiddler on the Roof, then back to work on the Chinook Festival. Continue reading Serca Festival shows love of Irish influence Enjoy Irish arts and culture at long-running local festival