Celebrating 5 years calls for special events, special projects and certainly very special initiatives.
Enter Synonym Art Consultation, a Winnipeg organization run by Chloe Chafe and Andrew Eastman, seek to match artists and their work to unconventional venues (such as restaurants, stores), throw events to showcase the venue and artist and create a temporary gallery that benefits both the creator and the hosting space. Overlapping with Culture Days and Nuit Blanche's 5th anniversary, Synonym is planning Wall-to-Wall, a 5-day art series which will highlight Winnipeg's West Broadway neighbourhood, it's artists and it's businesses.
Synonym's Wall-to-Wall, will feature artist creations, demonstrations and talks in restaurants, clothing stores, coffee shops, bars and bakeries culminating in a community block party where a permanent mural will be unveiled to the public. Synonym is even inviting the public into their process, setting up an office in a local coffee shop and taking questions from the public on artistic representation, curation and how to get your art seen by a variety of offices. We can't wait to be part of the process.
Across the country, Etsy will be hosting pop up stores to bring the creations of hundreds of artists out from the behind computer the screen and into a local fair. Winnipeggers will have the opportunity to meet, discuss and engage with crafters, quilters, sewers, designers and more in person. Hosted by W.E.S.T. | Winnipeg Etsy Street Team and Compendium Artist Market the unique event will bring Etsy vendors from all over Manitoba to engage with the public during the Culture Days weekend.
Dust off your ideas about university culture. The University of Winnipeg's art scene is as lively as ever with it's celebration of culture with Artsfest UWinnipeg Cultural Treasures. The university will showcase highlights from its large visual art collection, unique books, one of a kind artefacts, as well as performances by alumni, including Freya Olafson's Hyper, Virtuosi Concerts, The Downtown Jazz Band and the UWSA Freestyle Festival, tours of the Archaeology Museum, contemporary student art exhibitions, installations by renowned artists including Diana Thorneycroft and replications of ancient legionary equipment. ArtsFest is weaving together a mosaic of history, art, culture and ideas for the Culture Days weekend. We're fortunate to have the University of Winnipeg's innovative spirit involved in the celebration.
So many more incredible events and activities are in the works for Culture Days Manitoba 2014, including a new celebration of regional art and culture with Nuit Blanche Gimli that we can't wait to tell you more about.
5 years calls for even more wonderful initiatives. We can't wait for September 26th, 27th and 28th to see what Manitoba has to offer.
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