As a Feature Celebration Site for Alberta Culture Days 2018, Edmonton Opera offered three days of free, family-friendly arts events at locations across the city from September 28-30. Albertans were welcomed to discover the diversity of arts and culture in our province by attending these exciting events!
Our action-packed weekend began with an Open House at the Edmonton Opera Centre, where visitors were able to get a first look at the set of La Traviata in the rehearsal hall. They also received tours of our 22,000 square foot facility and interacted with production staff, who were in the midst of building our upcoming productions. Later that evening, we threw a grand party on the Traviata set with over 200 guests in attendance. This ‘Evening In Paris’ included performances by Whitney Sloan and Adam Fisher, Opera Centre tours, and even an Opera Paint Nite for participants to learn scenic painting techniques!
This year’s signature event at Alberta Culture Days was titled ‘Songs of Hope’, held at Enterprise Square in collaboration with University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension and Metis Life Skills Journeys. Songs of Hope featured a fiddle group performance by Prince Charles School, Cree songs by Darlene Auger, traditional Maori singing by Nga Ihi O Nehua, and opera arias by Adam Fisher and Leanne Regehr. Audiences came together in the spirit of hope and reconciliation on Orange Shirt Day, observed annually to raise awareness about the impact of Indian Residential Schools on the Indigenous Peoples of Canada.
Alberta Culture Days weekend continued with a celebration of Franco-Albertan culture during ‘Spectacle de variété francophone’ at La Cité Francophone. This multidisciplinary arts showcase was presented in partnership with L’UniThéâtre, Alberta’s only professional francophone theatre. We also welcomed families to a free screening of Hansel & Gretel (1987) at Metro Cinema, followed by a multicultural arts show at Southgate Centre that included performances of opera, Indian classical dance, and K-pop.
At Edmonton Opera, part of our vision is to engage communities in meaningful and exciting new ways, which goes beyond performances on the Jubilee stage. By offering such free events in easily accessible community spaces throughout the year, we hope to give more Edmontonians opportunities to gain an appreciation of the arts.
All Alberta Culture Days activities were made possible with a grant from Alberta’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Special thanks to our community partners: