“Could we ever know each other in the slightest without the arts?” -Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg, quotes the celebrated Canadian author Gabrielle Roy when discussing the University’s long-standing dedication to culture and arts. This dedication will be celebrated during the first ever Artsfest 2013 – UWinnipeg Cultural Treasures from September 27th – October 5th, 2013. Artsfest is being held during Culture Days, a national festival that invites everyone to explore, discover, and participate in arts and culture in their community. Artsfest is pleased to align with Culture Days and work together to support and raise awareness of this initiative in our city.
All genres of art bring people together and instill a sense of pride and belonging. Just as the University of Winnipeg has brought people together in academia, they have also displayed a lengthy commitment to cultivating a culture rich in arts and heritage. Artsfest will transform the University of Winnipeg campus into a showcase for the rich arts and cultural heritage collection which includes visual arts, archive collections, concerts, a community festival, and theatre productions.
The wide range of art forms will appeal to students and the general public alike. From archive collections that date as far back as the 1870s, recollecting the history of the University, to concerts put on by Virtuosi, UWinnipeg’s international recital and chamber music concert series, to the annual UWSA Freestyle Festival, which celebrates hip hop culture and graffiti art, there is truly something for everyone.
UWinnipeg encourages its students to discover, achieve, and belong. Artsfest 2013 takes this one step further by opening up the dialogue to the general public. It gives those from all areas of our community the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the wealth of art, history, and culture usually contained within the walls of UWinnipeg.
Students of UWinnipeg have long been fortunate to have access to these tremendous resources. Virtuosi concerts become field trips, The Archives Centre, a reference library that provides a deeper understanding of the history of the University and of Manitoba, and the Department of Theatre and Film exposes students to the wonders of performance art. Imagine opening up these resources to the rest of the Winnipeg community so they too could discover, achieve, and belong? Artsfest is a one-of-a-kind festival that does just that. By bringing people together and introducing them to UWinnipeg’s cultural treasures, the arts allow us all to get to know each other a little bit better.
Visit uwinnipeg.ca/artsfest for full details.
Written by Tamara Soroka for The University of Winnipeg.
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