Prince Edward Islanders are ready to celebrate arts and culture. Culture Days begin Friday and take place throughout the weekend of Sept. 27, 28 and 29. Culture Days 2013 is a Canada-wide celebration of arts and culture.
Islanders will have the opportunity to participate in painting, improv theatre, intuitive dance, pottery, music making, children's acting, writing, soulful eating, button making, rug hooking, singing, storytelling, life drawing, sewing, screenwriting, capturing the sky in a jar, creating a collective bucket list and much more. All activities are free and open to the public.
Municipalities and towns taking part in the event so far include: Summerside, Tignish, Alberton, Borden-Carleton, Wellington, Mont-Carmel, Stratford, Cornwall, Charlottetown, Montague and Cavendish.
Over 29 activities in P.E.I. are registered on the Culture Days website www.culturedays.ca. To see what is happening in your region and plan your Culture Days weekend, click on "Prince Edward Island" at the top of the page.
Culture Days is a collaborative coast-to-coast grassroots movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians of all ages in the arts and culture of their communities. With the support of a National Steering Committee and volunteer Provincial and Territorial Committees, artists, cultural workers, organizations, groups, volunteers and supporters self-mobilize to host free participatory public activities that take place throughout the country on the last weekend of September each year.
In Prince Edward Island, Culture Days is co-ordinated by Culture P.E.I.
Friday, Sept. 27, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m.
In Summerside at Eptek Art and Culture Centre. Join Linda Marchbank, local instructor, for a fun introduction to rug hooking. Learn basics of this traditional craft and start own project with materials provided. Space is limited; register early at 888-8373. Open to teens and adults. Visit the exhibition of 55 original hooked mats before or after the workshop. No fee or admission either day; hooks may be purchased at end of workshop.
SCOTTISH SONG AND SCONES
Friday, Sept. 27, from 3 to 4 p.m.
Scottish songs by Leonard and Cecilia (McKinnon) Bell of Richmond, who will bagpipe all participants in and put on show with fiddle, keyboard and guitar topped off with Scottish scones. At Tignish Public Library and Alberton Public Library.
Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Artist Peter Llewellyn from Shoreline Design will teach the techniques of soapstone sculpture. Each participant will have the opportunity of creating a soapstone sculpture and keep the tools used so as to continue this form of art. The activity will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion building in Wellington.
BEHIND THE SCENES OF A MUSICAL REHEARSAL
Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Get a look at what takes place during a rehearsal for a Musical Production. Sit in and view the cast of Spotlight Theatre Company's 2013 Christmas Production as they work on vocals, choreography and acting for their upcoming performance. May even get a chance to participate. Located at Spotlight Theatre Company studio, 271 Water St., Summerside.
CHILDREN'S ACTING CLASS
Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Also at Spotlight Theatre Company in Summerside participate in acting games and activities and learn about how a show is made. Get a chance to dress up in one of their many costumes. For ages six to 12.
INTRODUCTION TO IMPROV
Saturday, Sept. 28, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Ever just make something up on the spot? Come and give it a try with an introduction into comedic improv. Like the television show "Whose Line is it Anyway," learn the basics of making it up and play improve games to produce hilarious results. For ages 13 and up. Also at Spotlight Theatre Company in Summerside.
EXPERIENCE POTTERY AT RIGHT OFF THE BATT
Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 29, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
This event is designed to give culture-lovers a chance to experience pottery hands-on. There will be two parts to the event: one is an experiential tile-making adventure, and the other centres around meeting our potters and taking a guided studio tour to see how their pieces go from being chunks of clay into works of art. At Right Off The Batt Pottery, 156 Borden Ave., Borden-Carleton.
ISLAND STORYTELLING FESTIVAL: NEW WAVES
Sunday, Sept. 29, 7 to 9 p.m.
Recording of radio dramas with community voice actors and foleys before a live audience. Radio scripts are Island historic happenings written into radio dramas in the style of early live radio. Research is done through the MacNaught History Centre and Archives in Summerside. The audience will see the recording process and participate at Eptek Art and Culture Centre, Summerside.
SPECTACLE DE VIOLON ET CLAQUETTE
Sunday, Sept. 29, from 2-4 p.m.
On Deblois Road, Tignish
A violin and stepdancing event and demonstration with local Acadian and francophone artists from West Prince.