Cel­e­brate cul­ture at Peter­bor­ough fes­ti­val

From work­shops to men­tor­ships, panel dis­cus­sions to per­for­mances

The Peterborough Examiner - - LOCAL - BAR­BARA-ANN MACEACH­ERN

Pre­car­i­ous2: Peter­bor­ough Art­sWORK Fes­ti­val, a mul­ti­arts fes­ti­val in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber, delves into such press­ing is­sues as food se­cu­rity, labour is­sues, pre­car­ity and ag­ing, de­col­o­niz­ing artis­tic prac­tice and gen­tri­fi­ca­tion through work­shops, men­tor­ships, panel dis­cus­sions and per­for­mances. More than 50 artists will con­trib­ute cre­at­ing and pre­sent­ing new works of theatre, vis­ual art, mu­sic, spo­ken word, lit­er­ary arts and per­for­mance.

Here are some high­lights to check out dur­ing the fes­ti­val:

A Lit­tle More Red

Drop by The Theatre on King be­tween 1 and 3 p.m. un­til Thurs­day for free talks and work­shops on Marx­ism, pre­car­ity, art, data min­ing, per­for­mance, and cake pre­sented by Vic­to­ria Ward and Ann Jaeger, fol­lowed by a drop-in sa­lon each day from 4-5 p.m. Vic­to­ria Ward will per­form Novem­ber Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day evenings at 8 p.m., fea­tur­ing Kate Story and Ryan Kerr. Pay what you can.

Down n’ Out Re­vue

Come out to The Gar­net for this mu­sic and po­etry re­vue of un­sung work­ing class tal­ent, in­clud­ing the im­pro­vi­sa­tional of­fer­ings of Chris Con­way and Justin Mil­lion, on Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.

Pre­car­i­ous Em­ploy­ment

Seed­ing Pos­si­bil­ity in a Pre­car­i­ous Land­scape: Fo­cused on a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing go the pre­car­i­ous na­ture of the world and, more specif­i­cally, our com­mu­nity, arts worker Anne White, City staffer Nancy Fis­cher and Nour­ish’s Joelle Favreau will share their ex­per­tise and per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence. In­cluded will be the find­ings of the Pre­car­i­ous Em­ploy­ment Re­search Ini­tia­tive as well as a dis­cus­sion of pos­si­ble pol­icy so­lu­tions. This free event will be held Nov. 19 at The Theatre on King at 7 p.m. and is co-pre­sented by Nour­ish Peter­bor­ough.

Art for In­tro­verts

If you are an in­tro­verted, so­cially awk­ward, anti-so­cial, oc­ca­sion­ally mis­an­thropic cre­ative type, this is the event for you! Mu­sic, craft and gentle so­cial in­ter­ac­tion avail­able, but feel free to bring your own artis­tic ap­pa­ra­tuses to The Gar­net Nov. 25 at 8 p.m.

Push­back

This doc­u­men­tary, di­rected by Matthew Hayes and pro­duced by Jon Hed­der­wick, in­ti­mately chron­i­cles the lives of five peo­ple con­nected to the Warm­ing Room — a home­less shel­ter of last re­sort — as they search for hous­ing, se­cu­rity and new hope. A dis­cus­sion with the film­maker and spe­cial guests will fol­low. This free event is pre­sented by Re­Frame Film Fes­ti­val and GreenUP’s Neigh­bourPLAN Pro­gram at The Theatre on King Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.

Book launch

Bawaa­ji­gan Book Launch — Dream Sto­ries by In­dige­nous Writ­ers: Visit The Theatre on King De­cem­ber 5 for the launch of this new an­thol­ogy, pre­sented by Ex­ile Edi­tions, which is a col­lec­tion of short fic­tion fea­tur­ing dream-worlds by In­dige­nous writ­ers rang­ing from gritty and gothic to the hal­lu­ci­na­tory and prophetic.

Lee Mar­a­cle, Katie Jo Rab­bit, Nathan Ni­igan Noon Adler, Chris­tine Miskonood­inkwe Smith and Karen Lee White will per­form read­ings. The launch starts at 7 p.m. and is free.

Life Un­der Ford

Come out to The Theatre on King Dec. 12 for this panel dis­cus­sion of On­tario’s po­lar­iz­ing Premier Doug Ford and how his poli­cies will af­fect a wide range of peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties. Panel­lists in­clude: Ethel Nalule, Trent Cen­tral Stu­dent As­so­ci­a­tion vice pres­i­dent of Health and Well­ness, Leina Amat­su­jiBerry, co-edi­tor-in-chief of Arthur, Ja­son Hartwick, chair of Ba­sic In­come Peter­bor­ough Net­work and David Tough, vice pres­i­dent of Unit 1 CUPE 3908. This free event will start at 7 p.m. and is co-hosted by CUPE 3908.

For a full sched­ule of events, visit Pub­lic En­ergy’s web­site, pub­licenergy.ca.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

Artist Lau­rel Paluck and Char­lie Wat­son, 10, peek through a lis­ten­ing booth and Dream Homes dur­ing the launch of Pre­car­i­ous 2 Peter­bor­ough Art­sWORK Fes­ti­val on Nov. 1 at the Sapphire Room.

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