City of Guelph joins the national celebration of culture

Market Square performance launches Guelph’s Culture Days weekend

GUELPH, ON, September 24, 2012 – The City of Guelph presents a series of free hands-on activities, exhibitions and performances this weekend, September 28, 29 and 30, at four different public venues as part of its contribution to the third annual Culture Days celebration in Guelph. A nod to Guelph’s agricultural heritage has emerged as a common thread linking this year’s activities. Sheep shearing as dance? Knitted squares as outdoor art? An instrument petting zoo as a cultural experience?

“We’re pleased to join the community in showcasing Guelph’s (agri) cultural vibe”, says Colleen Clack, General Manager of Culture and Tourism. I’m especially thrilled to help launch this year’s Culture Days weekend with a performance of Les moutons in Market Square. For anyone who is sceptical that dancers can convincingly mimic sheep behaviour, this performance is a must see”.

Market Square

Presented as part of River Run’s Ontario Dances program, the performance of Les moutons offers a surreal and comical view of sheep behaviour by the contemporary dance company CORPUS on Friday, September 28 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Mayor Farbridge will launch Guelph’s Culture Days with remarks just prior to the 4:00 p.m. performance.

Guelph Civic Museum

The Guelph Civic Museum presents guelPhonography, Guelph’s first public exhibition of photos shot on mobile phones by Guelphites. Thirty photos, capturing unique and personal perspectives of Guelph’s beauty, will be printed and on display Friday, September 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Admission to the Museum is free beginning at 5:00 p.m.

St. George’s Square

The heart of downtown will be transformed into a colourful work of public art. St. George’s Square Yarn Bombing is a collaborative community-based installation that inspired over one hundred knitters to submit knitted squares that will be assembled on Friday, September 28 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

River Run Centre

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, River Run opens its doors to the public for a peek behind the scenes to explore the inner workings of the theatre on Sunday, September 30 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Activities include an instrument petting zoo, costume fitting, stage combat and much more.

About Culture Days

Over 25 free activities are scheduled for the weekend in Guelph, spanning a wide range of arts and cultural disciplines and practices including: visual arts, music, dance, theatre, heritage, film and video, literature, and new media. Guelph residents can visit culturedays.ca to learn about the many other activities taking place across the city over the weekend.

Launched in 2010, Culture Days is a collaborative Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

For more information

Astero Kalogeropoulos
Arts and Culture Program Officer
Culture and Tourism
Community and Social Services
T 519-822-1260 x 2629
astero.kalogeropoulos@guelph.ca