Prismatic Arts Festival at a glance

Our full events listings for the Prismatic Arts Festival, happening September 14-23

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Prismatic 2017 Opening Gala R&B powerhouse Reeny Smith, HRM poet laureate Rebecca Thomas and more light up the Prismatic Festival's kickoff with this swank celebration that's also totally free! Claim your spot at Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road, free, Thu Sep 14, 6pm

Patti and Lawrence A media arts installation by Paul Wong, Patti & Lawrence weaves two seemingly disparate parts into a compelling whole: Over 150 original slides of Patti Smith in Vancouver, shot by Wong, collide with  250 images of Lawrence Waturi Iwasaki, famed Vancouver hair stylist, in this show. Catch the artist's talk and reception September 16 at the gallery. Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, Loyola Building, 5865 Gorsebrook Avenue, PWYC, Sep 14-23

Paul Wong's artist talk The award-winning media artist discusses his installation Patti & Lawrence at this reception. Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, Loyola Building, 5865 Gorsebrook Avenue, free, Sat Sep 16, 3pm

Music Liberatory: Sisterhood Music Liberatory, the collective that aims to help women overcome barriers to making music, gives a screening and live performance of Sisterhood, a musical, multi-media tribute to preventing violence against women. The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street, free, Fri Sep 15, 7pm

Broken English Karaoke Stephanie Yee’s party-starting karaoke night has been a fan favourite at past festivals. This year’s Prismatic sees it return once again to push participants to navigate the boundaries between familiar and unfamiliar. The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street, free, Sep 16-20, 9pm-12am

The Raft This play offers up a classic Odyssey scene with a twist: Refugees crammed onto a small raft fight for survival on the open sea as a tempest toys with them. Sir James Dunn Theatre, 6101 University Avenue, Sat Sep 16, 7:30pm; Sun Sep 17, 4pm

Cris Derksen's Orchestral Powwow feat. Symphony NS, Rebecca Thomas Cris Derksen marries traditional Indigenous Powwow music and dance with classic symphonic stylings for this, the ultimate cultural mash-up. The ticket gets even hotter with the addition of Rebecca Thomas' perfect poetry. Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, Sun Sep 17, 7pm

Outlander: Ensuring that no artist is left beyond the margins Buckle up for a heady, much-needed discussion about diversity in the arts that asks all the tough questions: "Are efforts to promote and support diversity in the arts leaving the behind artists who are at the outer edges – the most vulnerable, the most isolated, the least supported? What responsibilities do fellow artists owe to our colleagues to ensure that they are not left beyond the margins?" this event asks. We can't wait to hear some fresh answers. Dalhousie Arts Centre, room 401, 6101 University Avenue, Mon Sep 18, 1:45-4:15pm

Devprayag Collective Rohit Chokhani and Ashley Rose are the multicultural couple behind Devprayag Collective. Together, they demonstrate what happens when multiple identities intertwine, exploring how one half of the pair is a marginalized race while the other half is a marginalized gender. Sir James Dunn Theatre, 6101 University Avenue, free, Mon Sep 18, 4pm

As the world turns: New trends in public arts funding As the funding of art around the world continues to evolve, this group of funders and artists from Canada, Australia and the UK explore new trends in public arts funding. Dalhousie Arts Centre, room 401, 6101 University Avenue, Mon Sep 18, 9:30am-1pm

Resonance of a Warrior Boy Liliona Quarmyne's choreographed dance blends African influence and contemporary training, drawing from the notion that we can give voice to the ancestral stories we carry in our bones. Sir James Dunn Theatre, 6101 University Avenue, PWYC, Mon Sep 18, 4:30pm

Dinuk Wijeratne w/Tom Easley & Nick Halley, Keonté Beals Composer, conductor and pianist Dinuk Wijeratne brings his award-winning,genere-defying work to Prismatic Fest as he teams up with local classical heavyweights Tom Easley and Nick Halley. R&B powerhouse Keonté Beals opens the show, so arriving early is a must. Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road, $20/$15, Mon Sep 18, 7pm

Are You Being Served? Are service organizations meeting the needs of Indigenous and culturally diverse artists? For this edition of Prismatic Festival's eTALK lecture series, representatives from national service organizations and artists’ associations discuss the role that service organizations can and should play in promoting and supporting Indigenous and culturally diverse artists. Dalhousie Arts Centre, room 401, 6101 University Avenue, Tue Sep 19, 9:30am-12pm

Arrested Development: Are touring opportunities influencing the creative process? While festivals, showcases and touring play a vital role in linking arts to audiences, what happens when an artist feels the need to make work more "tourable"? How can self-censoring be avoided, and what obligation do presenters have to take on challenging shows?
Chew on ideas swirling around these topics at this edition of Prismatic Art Festival's eTALK lecture series. Dalhousie Arts Centre, room 401, 6101 University Avenue, Tue Sep 19, 1-3:30pm

Asheq: Ritual Music to Cure a Lover workshop performance If you've ever felt literally lovesick, Shahin Sayadi’s workshop-stage musical play will ring a special chord: The story is set in a fishing village in Southern Iran where zar exorcism ceremonies, brought to the region by escaped East African slaves, are used to cure illness (and love). Sir James Dunn Theatre, 6101 University Avenue, free, Tue Sep 19, 5:30pm

A Different World: Promoting Equity and Diversity in Canadian Arts Education Since the basics of art history and creation are taught young, what role do Canada's schools play in promoting equity and diversity in the arts? This Prismatic Arts Festival eTALK lecture examines answers. Dalhousie Arts Centre, room 401, 6101 University Avenue, Wed Sep 20, 9:30am-12pm

Dragon’s Den: Public Funder Information Session On New Funding Programs If the starving artist stereotype is hitting a little too close to home, head to this info session where emerging and established artists explore new funding opportunities and exchange tips and tricks for successful applications—all while the funders themselves share their two cents (literally!). Dalhousie Arts Centre, room 401, 6101 University Avenue, free, Wed Sep 20, 1-3:30pm

Studio Black! Screening and Artist Panel
After smashing boundaries and winning awards in its first season, CBC's Studio Black! arrives at Prismatic Arts Festival to share its upcoming season of shows. As the creators describe it, "In a media world where we so often see the same Black stories repeated time and again, Studio Black! seeks to offer something different," sharing stories from various Black communities in 1920s Nova Scotia. After the credits roll, a panel discussion will be held. Cineplex Park Lane, 5657 Spring Garden Road, Wed Sep 20, 7pm

RencorVivo A music-theatre hybrid by the richly dramatic Winnipeg-based The Mariachi Ghost, this piece sees Juan Rulfo’s novel, Pedro Paramo, come to life in a mix of traditional Mexican music blended with synths and layered with Rulfo's hometown slang. The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street, $10/$15, Wed Sep 20, 8pm

Re-Quickening Santee Smith's beautiful, arresting show explores the intersection of Indigenous and new dance performance. Prismatic Festival adds this isn't your typical dance show: "Created through a process unique to Smith's culture, Re-Quickening is a spiritual resurgence, a piecing together of shards of knowledge that tips colonialism on its head." Note: The September 21 show will be opened with a pre-show chat featuring poet laureate Rebecca Thomas! Sir James Dunn Theatre, 6101 University Avenue, 902-494-3820, Sep 21-23, 8pm

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Morgan Mullin

Morgan is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Coast, where she writes about everything from what to see and do around Halifax to profiles of the city’s creative class to larger cultural pieces. She’s been with The Coast since 2016.

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