ArtsEverywhere Festival goes online

GUELPH – This year’s ArtsEverywhere Festival will take place from March to July 2021 and showcases Canadian and international artists.

Each month will feature different artists with compelling literary readings, lectures, poetry, conversations, films, music, and workshops.

The ArtsEverywhere Festival is presented by Musagetes and the Eramosa Institute and is supported by community partners.

“We know that this has been a difficult year for so many and to have continuity in bringing this uplifting and hopeful festival to our community and across the world, has buoyed our team,” says Marva Wisdom, ArtsEverywhere Festival director.

The festival kicks off on March at 7pm with the Big Ideas in Art & Culture Lecture by Eritrean-born Canadian artist, Dawit L. Petros.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Guelph and Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener + Area (CAFKA).

Over the last decade, Dawit’s work has focused on a critical re-reading of the entanglements of colonialism and modernity.

Tracing the trajectory of this exploration through successive research projects, Petros will highlight how these creative investigations speak to the complex colonial and postcolonial histories connecting East Africa and Europe as well as to how these histories are reflected today in the interplay of mobility, colonization, and contemporary stories of migrancy.

While the histories of Black Canadians from the Horn of Africa – Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia – are a vital component of contemporary Canadian communities, their complex narratives expand familiar conceptualizations of African Canadian or Black Canadian experiences.

The second event will celebrate the launch of ArtsEverywhere’s redesigned website on March 26 at 2pm on Zoom.

This one-hour presentation will include a video work by Chinese artist Zhao Rongjie’s “Breathing” project; an overview of the Polity of Literature by editor Matthew Stadler; an update on the Extractivismo project by editor Siddhartha Joag; and a brief concert by Declan Laughlin of Northern Ireland.

Register to attend on Eventbrite and visit the website for a complete line-up of presenters.