A CEN­TRE FOR ALL CANA­DI­ANS

Cel­e­brate the vi­sion of our found­ing fathers in Char­lot­te­town.

Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle Magazine - - Table Of Contents - BY EL­IZ­A­BETH GRA­HAM

Few sites trig­ger a sense of Cana­dian pride as much as Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts in Char­lot­te­town, PEI. The mas­sive com­plex in the heart of Char­lot­te­town might seem a tiny bit in­tim­i­dat­ing at first glance—im­pos­ing ar­chi­tec­ture tak­ing up a full city block. But once you’ve stepped onto the prop­erty, you soon sense the peo­ple-friendly at­mos­phere that per­me­ates this cul­tural cen­tre that is of­fi­cially Canada’s me­mo­rial to our found­ing fathers.

The Cen­tre’s man­date to “in­spire Cana­di­ans, through her­itage and the arts, to cel­e­brate the ori­gins and evo­lu­tion of Canada as a na­tion” is ful­filled through the rich pro­gram­ming on its stages and in its gal­leries and pro­grams.

In Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre’s Up­per Foyer, view an ac­cu­rate replica of the orig­i­nal Con­fed­er­a­tion Cham­ber and watch the Story of Con­fed­er­a­tion un­fold in an en­ter­tain­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tion of how our na­tion came to be. A new film by Parks Canada, A Build­ing of Des­tiny, takes you back to the dis­cus­sions of Septem­ber 1864 and show­cases other themes re­lat­ing to the First Na­tions at the time of Con­fed­er­a­tion and the role of women in Vic­to­rian so­ci­ety. En­joy a lunchtime break with a lively per­for­mance by Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre’s Young Com­pany.

It’s im­pos­si­ble to leave Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre with­out tak­ing in some live theatre. The Char­lot­te­town Fes­ti­val is noted for its first-class Cana­dian mu­si­cals, most fa­mously for Anne of Green Gables–the Mu­si­cal. Now in its Guin­ness Record-set­ting 54th sea­son, the orig­i­nal Anne mu­si­cal is a Cana­dian clas­sic. Based on L.M. Mont­gomery’s beloved novel, the mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion is guar­an­teed to tug at heart­strings and tickle funny bones.

With tick­ets in hand, it seems a per­fect mo­ment to set­tle in at a ta­ble in Ma­vor’s court­yard for din­ner and a drink be­fore the show. And don’t for­get to stop by The Show­case gift shop lo­cated in the theatre lobby, which fea­tures qual­ity hand­crafted items, jew­ellery, pot­tery, women’s fash­ions and ac­ces­sories as well as mem­o­ra­bilia from the fa­mous Anne of Green Gables–the Mu­si­cal and more.

TOP: The cast of Anne of Green Gables–the Mu­si­cal at the 2017 Char­lot­te­town Fes­ti­val. Louise Vessey ABOVE: Learn about the evo­lu­tion of Canada as a na­tion in the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cham­ber in Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre’s Up­per Foyer. Stephen Har­ris

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