THURSDAY January 18

Big Ideas in Art & Culture: Michael Roberson

January 18, 2018 / 7:00PM / Art Gallery of Guelph / Free

Michael Roberson

Michael Roberson (New York) will deliver a talk entitled The Trans Sounds of Black Freedom, detailing insights and stories from his community of House | Ball artists, who are now establishing the Ballroom Freedom School in New York City.

Festival Kick-Off Concert

January 18, 2018 / 10:00PM / eBar / Free

A co-presentation with Kazoo! Fest featuring Phèdre, The Magic, DJ Junglecat, and visuals by Versa.

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FRIDAY January 19

Meaning or Movement? Objects or Rhythm?

January 19, 2018 / 10:00AM / Boarding House Arts / Free

This panel continues a conversation about competing imaginaries and manifestations of art. Featuring Ashon Crawley, Zab Maboungou, and Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes. Curated by Vanessa Andreotti.

Art as Activism | Activism as Art

January 19, 2018 / 1:00PM / Art Gallery of Guelph / Free

A dynamic conversation between two artist activist scholars on the challenge and possibilities of creating and curating for social change. Convened and moderated by Andrew Hunter, and featuring Amanda Cachia and Dolleen Manning. Co-presented by Bodies in Translation and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation.

The Guelph Lecture — On Being Canadian

January 19, 2018 / 7:00PM / River Run Centre / Tickets $20 – $25

Joseph Heath

Joseph Heath will present his keynote lecture “The Rise of the Counter-Cultural Right”, which will discuss the rise of the alt-right, and the unexpected appropriation by the right of certain radical ideas that originated in the countercultural movements of the 1960s. This insightful presentation will be preceded by a performance from the Juno award winning Okavango African Orchestra, and a talk by Tanya Talaga, author of the critically-acclaimed book Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City.

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SATURDAY January 20

Braiding Infinity: Lunch & Conversation

January 20, 2018 / 12:30PM / Boarding House Arts / Free

A conversation with Shelley Niro, Billy-Ray Belcourt, and Nancy Rowe which will address hybrids of ancient and innovative practices around land-based learning, communal living and centring Indigenous thought, protocols and relationships to land. Curated by Elwood Jimmy.

The Story of Sim Cheong: A Korean Pansori Concert

January 20, 2018 / 7PM / River Run Centre / Tickets $30

Il-Dong Bae & Dong-Won Kim

This special evening will feature the talent of Il-Dong Bae, highly regarded as one of Korea’s finest p’ansori singers, performing alongside Dong-Won Kim, a Korean percussionist, pedagogue, vocalist, composer, and improviser. The pansori that they will be performing for the audience in Guelph has never before been translated into English.

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SUNDAY January 21

Embodying Radical Tenderness (Workshop)

January 21, 2018 / 1:00PM / Boarding House Arts / Register for free

Dani D’Emilia

An exploration of radical tenderness as a transfeminist tool to work through colonialism, patriarchy and other internalized violences in our bodies and communities. Led by transfeminist artist and educator Dani D’Emilia.

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In partnership with the University of Guelph, the ArtsEverywhere Festival invites students to join the ArtsEverywhere Emerging Scholars. This program offers ten graduate and undergraduate students a complimentary festival pass, breakfast with the speakers, and an opportunity to publish on!


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