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Thursday, 01 September 2011 10:15

Celebration will showcase the southwest’s cultural mosaic

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By Aasa Marshall
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 Swift Current will showcase its depth of talent during Culture Days, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, with almost 30 different events taking place in the city.

Culture Days, according to the Canada-wide event’s website, is a “volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.” It was first introduced last year in over 700 communities to provide residents free access to interactive activities by local artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers.

The events will start with a kickoff ceremony at Innovation Credit Union on Friday at noon with speeches and live music.

From there a broad assortment of activities will be available over the weekend, from a Blenders jazz concert to readings by local writers, skateboard demos to children’s art activities.

Held this year for the first time in Swift Current, Cultural Festivals Coordinator Shann Gowan said the diversity of activities available on that weekend speaks volumes about the arts community. Swift Current not only contains a large number of talented people, Gowan said, but the cultural community does an exceptional job of working together, which is the key to its success.

Swift Current’s cultural centres will feature prominently in the weekend’s activities.

The Lyric Theatre will host a tea tour in which participants can hear about future plans for the building, and relive the past through old home movies.

It will also hold Rocktoberfest, a Battle of the Bands concert. The Art Gallery of Swift Current will hold creative activities for children and adults, with demonstrations of printmaking, painting, drawing, pottery and jewellery making, as well as an artist exhibition.

The Swift Current Museum will hold an open house and behind-the-scenes tour, as well as a tour at Mount Pleasant Cemetery to learn about Victorian cemetery practice and some of Swift Current’s founders.

Swift Current Little Theatre will hold readings of one-act plays, and the Newcomer Welcome Centre will host a celebration of world music.

Events will also be held at less-typical venues offering interesting activities. Urban Ground coffee shop will hold a workshop in creating beautiful latte art; Sarah Galvin, a food blogger, will host mini cooking classes in her home. The city’s schools are also taking part, with Maverick and the Comprehensive High School both offering musical performances.

Gowan said she hopes the array of events will attract people who are not regular participants in the arts community, and give regular arts supporters something new to discover.

“Our hope is people that don't usually take part...they'll come out and try something,” Gowan said. “The other hope is that the people that just support Doc's Town, won't just go to Doc's Town, they'll maybe try all the others, and vice versa.

The person that always comes to Blenders concerts will do the five things in advance of it and find something there they like as well.”

SaskCulture and Innovation Credit Union are helping to fund Swift Current’s Culture Days this year.

For a complete listing of activities, visit and search for Swift Current events.

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