Swift Current arts scene showcased during Culture Days

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Luc Perrault and Brandon Bezanson helped provide a musical flavour to the opening ceremonies of Culture Days in front of the Innovation Credit Union at noon on Friday.

Swift Current vibrant arts and culture scene will be in the spotlight during Culture Days which runs from today until Sunday.

Swift Current jumped into Culture Days in a big way last year, as during the debut year of the event Swift Current gained national attention after hosting a nation highest per capita events, and attracting a Canada best capita turnout.

This year will be no different, as out of the 78 events hosted in Saskatchewan, Swift Current will play host to 38 of them.

Culture Days is a national movement aimed at encouraging the public to try something new, go to a culture event they haven't gone to before, and experience something they haven't experienced before.

A ceremonial kick off ceremony will be held at noon at Innovation Credit Union.

A listing of some of the other scheduled events is as follows:

Friday

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Smart Flowers Growing Mural Project. Large mural project available throughout the weekend that involves hands-on participation and community engagement. The public is welcome to add their own additions to the mural, using this experience to contribute to a community work of art while learning about our local flora.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Southwest Saskatchewan Metis History Display. Swift Current Library. Fascinating stories and anecdotes, watch jigging and finger-weaving demonstrations, and sample some bannock.

Noon - SCCHS Music Department busking, Market Square. Local high school students sharing their talents in an outdoor venue.

Noon to 2:30 p.m. - Maverick Alternative School tours and performances. A behind-the-scenes informative event allowing the public a unique look into the running and day-to-day life of Maverick Alternative High School. Facility tours, plus an array of performances and demonstrations by the school's artistic and talented students.

12:30 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. - SCCHS Music Department Open Choral Rehearsal. SCCHS Band Room. Open choir rehearsal featuring local High School singers.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Art Gallery of Swift Current Discovery Tours. Join school students as they tour through the exhibition with artists June Jacobs (fibre artist) and Anita Rocamora (sculptor).

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Cemetery Tour, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, hosted by Swift Current Museum. Learn about Victorian cemetery practice and ‘meet’ some of the founders of Swift Current.

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Behind The Scenes with The Dance Studio. See how dancers train and prepare for regular classes and upcoming exams. These exclusive classes have always been closed to the public - even the dancers' parents - so this presents a unique view into the hard work that goes into making dance look effortless. 1071 Central Ave. N.

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Sk8 and BMX Demonstrations. Kiwanis Skate Park

9 p.m. - Bully the Movie, Cinema Twin Theatre. Hosted by Swift Current Youth Initiative.

Saturday

9 a.m. to noon - Swift Current Museum's Coffee Row. People of all ages are invited to come to the museum for coffee, tea, dainties, and the opportunity to share their stories of and experiences with local history with similarly interested and involved individuals. Museum interpreters will also offer their insights and knowledge to the conversation.

10 a.m. to noon - Windscape Kite Club Multi-Kite Extravaganza. An entertaining and informative demonstration of advanced kite-flying techniques at the Southwest Hill (11th Ave. and Marston St.), home of the annual Windscape Kite Festival.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Smart Flowers Growing Mural Project.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Southwest Saskatchewan Metis History Display. Swift Current Library.

10 a.m. to noon - Traditional Aboriginal Beading Workshop. Swift Current Library. Local artists Levranda Wolfe demonstrates traditional Aboriginal beadwork.

10 a.m. to noon - Art Gallery of Swift Current Imagination Station. Art activities to experiment with for children of all ages.

11 a.m. - Culinary Arts, Urban Ground Coffeehouse. Come experience the surprisingly complex art of making speciality coffees. Learn the science behind what makes a great shot of espresso, as well as a few tips for creating beautiful latte art.

Noon - SCCHS Music Department busking, Market Square.

Noon - Ranchman's Ridin' and Recitin'. Kinetic Park. Ranch horse competitions, wagon driving, cattle pen show, stock dog trials, team sorting, music and more.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. - A Celebration of Culture and Sports. Riverside Park. The City of Swift Current's Recreation and Parks Department teams up with the Newcomer Welcome Centre to highlight cultural dance, local sport memorabilia, and multi-cultural displays.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. - The Southwest Open Exhibition. West Wing Gallery (Kinetic Park). Showcase of a variety of artworks by southwest Saskatchewan semi-professional and amateur artists. Artwork includes drawing, painting, quilting, photography, woodworking, printmaking, and more.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Doc's Town Tours. Kinetic Park.

1:30 p.m. - Lyric Theatre Sampler. Join us for an afternoon sampler of all the Lyric Theatre's regular programming. We will have performances from the Improv club, Open Stage, Youth Open Stage, Write Out Loud, and the Songwriting Circle. An excellent chance to see a small portion of the entertainment offered at the Lyric Theatre.

7:30 p.m. - Lyric Theatre Rocktoberfest. Battle of the Bands between five local groups, vying for top prize of a free rental of the Lyric Theatre for a performance, plus professional sound and promotional services for their event.

8 p.m. - Bullying Sucks Tour: Rock The Cause. Concert at The Center. Hosted by Swift Current Youth Initiative.

Sunday

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Swift Current Museum exhibition opening reception for "The Lyric Theatre: A Living Legacy."

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Doc's Town Tours. Kinetic Park.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Southwest Saskatchewan Metis History Display. Swift Current Library.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. - The Southwest Open Exhibition. West Wing Gallery (Kinetic Park).

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Sunday at the Gallery. Art Gallery of Swift Current. Free demonstration of painting, printmaking, drawing, pottery, or jewellery-making. Public invited to watch and ask questions of participating artists and craftspersons.

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Little Theatre Private Rehearsal. Behind-the-scenes view of rehearsal at Beatty Playhouse (Great Plains College).

Organizations: Swift Current Museum, Lyric Theatre

Geographic location: Swift Current, Saskatchewan

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