NEW GLASGOW – There is something for everyone at this year’s Culture Days celebrations to be held September 30, October 1 and 2.
This year’s event will feature a pottery demonstration and exhibit by a local pottery artist and her students, a free film at Glasgow Square Theatre, food sampling and music at the New Glasgow Farmers Market and a celebration of the cultural diversity at the market as well as a social media launch that will celebrate the community’s multi-cultural fabric and commitment towards inclusion and respecting diversity.
“We are very pleased to be part of Culture Days and to join other towns and cities across the nation in this important event,” says New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan.
“We recognized the importance of the creative economy and arts and culture to the vibrancy, health and well-being of any community and are excited to share the works and stories of the talented people of Pictou County. The local arts and culture scene has continued to grow and develop for the past several years and we are proud to showcase and highlight a rich sampling of the range of cultural happenings and progress in our community.”
Culture Days aims to foster appreciation and support of the artistic and cultural life that is lived, created and expressed across the country.
To kick off Culture Days, New Glasgow’s UNESCO Race Relations and Anti-Discrimination Committee invites people to gather with committee members and town officials at the newly painted rainbow crosswalk at the entrance of Glasgow Square Theatre on September 30 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. to be part of a social media campaign that will focus on the cultural diversity of the community and celebrate inclusion and respect for all. Residents will have a chance to pose with family and friends holding signs with hashtags lines such as: My community is all colours of the rainbow and Proud to be me.
Another photo sessions will take place 3:30-4:30 p.m. and at this time a cake celebrating the cultural mosaic of New Glasgow will be served at the Riverfront Gazebo along with music presented by local musicians.
From 6 to 9 p.m. stop by the NSCAD-New Glasgow Community Art Space (behind the New Glasgow Library) for a pottery exhibit as local pottery students will have their work on display as well as some pieces from Mucky Me Classes instructor /artist Carey Allan. Join Allan from Mucky Me Pottery Classes and Burlberry Studios during the exhibit on September 30 at 7 p.m. for the opportunity to paint a dinner plate in “clay cafe style” for free! To sign up email Janine Linthorne at firstname.lastname@example.org. All ages and skill levels welcome. Space is limited, so register early.
Allan is an artist from Pictou County whose work often reflects a freedom of composition found in nature. Now living in Landsdowne with her husband and children, Allan learned about pottery at a young age and felt drawn to its capabilities. Several years ago she rekindled this passion. Allan uses hand-building techniques to produce one-of-a-kind mugs and large slab work bowls. For eight years she has been selling her work at various festivals, cafés, farmers markets and gift shops throughout Nova Scotia, including at the New Glasgow Farmers Market. She is also a member of the Nova Scotia Potters Guild.
Culture Days events at the New Glasgow Farmers Market on October 2 will highlight the many cultures found at the market, from vendors to visitors. Take a pin and mark your spot on a world map. Uncover how many varied cultures are in this community, then take a tour of the market with information on numerous vendors and their home countries and heritage information. There will also be free food samples from Big Cove Foods using ingredients from the market vendors; recipes will be shared. Also featured at the Culture Days celebrations will be acclaimed singer, songwriter, musician and producer, New Glasgow’s own Doris Mason.
Kristi Russell, manager of the New Glasgow Farmers Market says, “We have an impressive array of artists and artisans that add to the strength of the market and our vendors also represent a mosaic of numerous heritages. Often numerous cultures are reflected each Saturday in the food offered and this is a wonderful opportunity to focus on the diversity of the community and how this enriches us.”
On October 2 head to Glasgow Square Theatre for a free Culture Days showing at 1 p.m. of the locally produced film, The Seer. The story line? Carol Petty is the perfect stay-at-home mom. She’s very good at making sure her husband and their eight-year-old son get where they’re supposed to be, when they’re supposed to be there. But when their son is kidnapped from school, her well-organized world falls apart. After weeks without a single lead, Carol takes matters into her own hands. She appeals for help to a burned-out psychic. Produced by Gary Blackwood, The Seer features local actors such as Pictou County’s own Steven Wark and Amanda Gillis.
More than 10 million Canadians have participated in 40,000 Culture Days activities hosted by tens of thousands of Canadian artists, cultural organizations and groups in some 900 different Canadian cities and towns since 2010.
“Culture Days are a reminder that every citizen is a guardian of the cultural life of his/her community and can play an important role in shaping the cultural fabric of our communities,” adds Kim Dickson, New Glasgow’s director of marketing and communications.
Pottery artist and instructor Carey Allan. (Submitted photo)