Celebrate culture at Peterborough festival
From workshops to mentorships, panel discussions to performances
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.