Opening the curtain on Prismatic

Onelight Theatre's festival aims to bring mainstream attention to aboriginal and culturally diverse artists, starting this week.

"Prismatic is about bringing aboriginal and culturally diverse artists to the attention of the 'mainstream,'" says Maggie Stewart, managing director of Onelight Theatre, the company that brings Prismatic Festival to Halifax every other year. This year, Onelight partnered with Debajehmujig Storytellers to get the message out. "It has been [Onelight's] experience that culturally diverse artists/organizations and aboriginal artists/organizatoins, despite the fact that we may have many shared issues and interests, tend to operate in silos as far as professional development and advocacy is concerned---which seemed like a shame to us," says Stewart. The silo-opening programming that Debajehmujig and Onelight have created for the beginning of the festival include Native Earth Performing Arts' play Almighty Voice and His Wife (Tue Oct 12, Sir James Dunn Theatre, 4pm and 8pm) and a photography exhibit, titled From Rue d'Armant, by Tarek Abouamin at the Anna Leonowens Gallery (work pictured above). There's much more programming to be found, up to and including October 17, at If you want to get interactive take part in the conference, which has details at

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