Prismatic shines

Prismatic Arts Fes­ti­val brings dozens of ex­cit­ing mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary art events to the city, don’t miss out.

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Prismatic Arts Fes­ti­val Septem­ber 14-23 var­i­ous lo­ca­tions pris­mat­icfes­ti­

Prismatic Arts Fes­ti­val is gear­ing up for an ex­cit­ing line-up of events, per­for­mances and artist talks. Don’t miss tonight’s open­ing gala at the Hal­i­fax Cen­tral Li­brary with Reeny Smith, Re­becca Thomas and Hu­bert Fran­cis and a per­for­mance by the Wa­banaki Con­fed­er­acy Singers, are a North­ern Pow­wow styled singing group (Sep 14, 6pm, free), a pre­view work­shop pre­sen­ta­tion of One­light The­atre’s

new­est pro­duc­tion, Asheq: Ri­tual Mu­sic to

Cure a Lover (Sep 19, Dunn The­atre), a per­for­mance by the amaz­ing Lil­iona Quarmyne (Sep 18, Dunn The­atre) and dozens more ex­cit­ing events, in­clud­ing Stephanie Yee, a for­mer NSCAD stu­dent now liv­ing in Wind­sor,

On­tario, recre­at­ing her pop­u­lar event, Bro­ken

English Karaoke (Sep 16-20, 9pm-mid­night at the Bus Stop The­atre).

Bro­ken English Karaoke is es­sen­tially like your usual karaoke night, ex­cept in­stead of singing a song’s orig­i­nal lyrics, what you’re singing are lyrics that have been on­line-trans­lated to other lan­guages, then those trans­la­tions are trans­lated back to English,” says Yee. “Th­ese back trans­la­tions are then edited into karaoke style videos re­veal­ing to par­tic­i­pants and au­di­ences just how com­plex lan­guage is.”

“The fes­ti­val is re­ally about show­cas­ing the lived per­spec­tives that a lot of main­stream me­dia doesn’t present. A lot of my art plays on themes re­lated to my Chi­nese her­itage and while I only speak English, my time around non-English speak­ers made me re­ally in­ter­ested in trans­la­tions and ap­pre­ci­ate the strug­gles of learn­ing new lan­guages.”

For Yee, who didn’t like karaoke be­fore this project, Bro­ken English Karaoke “lev­els the play­ing field”.

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