The streets of Lethbridge will be alive with the sounds and sights of the local arts scene, Sept. 22-30, as Lethbridge Arts Days showcases events all over the city.
There will be buskers on the street, live music, theatre, family fun, concerts, film screenings at the Lethbridge Public Library, artist talks, art exhibits, an artisan market and lots more.
Simultaneously, New West Theatre’s production of “The Million Dollar Quartet” continues throughout Arts Days, and exhibits will continue at SAAG and Casa.
“We have a lot of projects happening at the Allied Arts Council, Casa and downstairs. There are even events at City Hall,” said Allied Arts Council communications manager Kelaine Devine.
“City Hall will be lit up with full lighting — red, blue and yellow, the primary colours of art.”
“It’s really exciting to have their support,” she said, adding City Hall hosts the Lethbridge Centennial Quilters Guilt’s ArtWalk Quilt show beginning Sept. 25.
A week chock full of artistic opportunities begins Sept. 22 with The Word On The Street at the Lethbridge Public Library.
“It’s our eighth year,” observed festival director Elisabeth Hegerat.
“We have authors coming from Halifax to Victoria,” she said, adding Pauline Dakin, who wrote “Run Hide Repeat,” will be a highlight.
“She spent most of her childhood on the run. So It’s about her fugitive childhood,” Hegerat said, adding there are a variety of different authors including cookbook authors, true-life drama and comic book artists reading from their works. Some of them will have ASL sign language featured.
“Roy MacGregor writes about hockey and his time travelling with his kids across Manitoba,” she added.
There will be familiar faces like Clifford the Dog. And there will be a lot of live entertainment for Word On The Street. The event opens at 10:50 a.m. with a blessing from Francis First Charger followed by a drum circle from Thunder Chief Productions. The Saints play at 11:30 a.m. followed by Japanese Minyo Dancers at 12:15 p.m., Fawns at 12:30 p.m., the Lethbridge Highland Dance Association (1:15 p.m.); Ezra Sulin (1:30 p.m.); Black Roses for Breakfast (1:50 p.m.); Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Troop (2:15 p.m.); Jolene Draper & The Inquisitive Few (2:30 p.m.); Will Big Bull (3:15 p.m.); Alison & Danny (3:30 p.m.) and Ecuadorian Roots (4:15 p.m.).
And the Sik-Ohh-Koytoki Friendship Centre will be erecting a teepee for First Nations storytelling. The Nikka Yuko Japanese Centre will also have a presence at the festival. As a bonus, library memberships will be free during Word On The Street.
A lot of art exhibits open on Monday, a youth art exhibit opens at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre and continues through the week, Kylie Fineday opens an exhibit ninoson at Street Legal Records, Arianna Richardson continued her exhibit “The Garbage Party” at Galt Gardens, Sept. 15-21 and then Sept. 22-28 in Indian Battle Park 2-4 p.m. each day, plus 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 15 and Sept. 22. Jose Luis Torres opens “The Everyday Future” in the Hess Gallery at the U of L in W600. Dr. Margaret (Marmie) Hess opens an exhibit Walter Phillips in the Helen Christou Gallery.
“We have Mimosas, Muffins and Movies at Casa on Sunday. We’ll be showing ‘Paolo Ventura: Vanishing Man,’” Devine said, adding the filmmaker turned from creating art out of found objects to photography images from the Second World War.
“There are lots of movies happening at the library,” she continued.
“But the big event is over the past three days when we have Art Walk Friday through Sunday. There will be artists at 40 venues,” she said, adding art will be created on the spot and artists will be on hand to talk about their art.
There will be a gallery stroll on Saturday night at Casa, SAAG and the Trianon.
There are several events at Casa on the weekend. There is an artisans market is in the ATB Room on Sept. 29-30. Over at SAAG there will be a barbecue and beer garden, Saturday, Sept. 29, where new exhibits open from Althea Thauberger, Vivek Shraya and Cindy Baker.
SAAG also features a Creative Centre Family Activities. There will be more family fun outside Casa on Sept. 30 with Family Affair on the Square featuring performances from Karen Romanchuk, LSIDA, Jon Martin and Kavanagh and Hepher and Mi Colombia Linda and others.
Other highlights will be the historical walking tour of downtown for which historian Belinda Crowson will share some new facts about Lethbridge she has learned.
“There is lots of fun and free stuff to do. It’s also an opportunity for creative people to show what they’ve been working on,” Devine said.
“I just love Arts Days. We’ll all be super-arted up by the end of the week.”