Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Tibetan colours to brighten Alberta Avenue Learn about Tibetan culture at annual Tibetan Bazaar

Every year, Gaden Samten Ling Society’s Tibetan Bazaar becomes more popular.

“It’s been growing year by year,” said Jeremy Berg, society board member, noting that attendees should anticipate a lot of music and colour.

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Fill your heart during Kaleido Festival Capture festival magic during the dog days of September

One of Kaleido Family Arts Festival’s greatest strengths is that it presents art and performance in a casual way to everyone.

Another strength is the community focus. Artistic director Christy Morin explained the heart of Kaleido has always been local talent, including organizers, performers, athletes, and artisans.

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Kaleido and local students create art Arts festival and schools make a perfect partnership

Something edgy is coming to 118 Avenue as rumours circulate of an “exquisite corpse.” Is a zombie invasion imminent?

Despite its hair-raising name, exquisite corpse is art at this year’s Kaleido Family Arts Festival. Local schools are spearheading this event, said Christy Morin, executive director of Arts On The Ave.

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Finding comfort and closure by the river Traditional Cree ceremonies honour the departed

Night was approaching as I stood by the river, thinking of closure. The beauty of the water, a calm swath winding through low green banks, filled me with appreciation.

I was here because my partner, Larry Loyie, a proud Cree man, writer, and educator died three months before at 82 years old. He asked that his ashes be laid here by the river during the family’s annual gathering, in a traditional Cree way.

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Gaden Samten Ling Society continues to grow Book spurs health clinic in remote Himalayan valley

A smile lights Kushok Lobsang Dhamchöe’s face as he queries a young guest at the Alberta Centre for Peace and Meditation, on the corner of 101 Street and 114 Avenue.

Fondly known as Kushok, the spiritual director of Gaden Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Society has been offering teachings and meditation practice to Edmontonians for 16 years. But his journey here was not always so bright.

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Camp organizers seek a spark of funding Local theatre camp unsure of what the future holds

A theatre camp dedicated to providing affordable and accessible arts education to youth is uncertain of the future. Spark! ran the first two weeks of July with students ranging from ages 7-14.

Unable to secure grant funding, organizers were forced to rely on donations and charge a fee for each student. This meant the camp is difficult to justify for students coming from low-income families. Chris dela Cruz, founder of Spark!, explained, “These kids are not normally afforded opportunities to be exposed to performance art as it can be an expensive activity.”

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There is no golden rule for creativity Shima Aisha Robinson talks about art and poetry

The best poets throw out the rule book and speak plainly to you with electric words they pull from their veins of consciousness and then pour like lightning into the reader’s bones. Shima Aisha Robinson’s electric first book of poetry, Horn, will soon be available in a second printing. 

Few acts are more courageous and electric than truth. Autobiographical poetry, as Robinson defines her work, is thought and truth aloud on the page. “My book is about personal experience, friends and family, all the major themes, love and pain and [it also] explores politics. I tried to choose the most potent poems that communicated the issues.”

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Organization builds bridges between cultures Offering dialogue and an open door to communities

At a recent intercultural event, a woman approached Ibrahim Cin and told him his people and his culture were not wanted here. They should return to their homeland. Cin, a practicing Muslim, is originally from Turkey.

He politely acknowledged her opinion and was going to leave it at that.

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See what happens when fun shapes art Artist Bernice Caligiuri is inspired by everyday objects

Ask Bernice Caligiuri about her art philosophy and you get a simple answer. “I just do it because I like it,” said the 70-year-old artist. “When I start a piece, it may be a wall hanging, a painting, or a sculpture. It’s so much fun that a whole day can go by in a flash while I’m creating it.”

Her exhibit, called What Bernice Sees and held at Bleeding Heart Art Space, confirms that fun shapes her art.

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