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Art That Starts a Dialogue, at The Works 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017 Edmonton, AB: From June 22 – July 4, The Works Art & Design Festival is opening up a dialogue about art and design throughout Edmonton’s downtown core, presenting over 600 artists in 49 exhibits with more than 200 special events, performances and workshops. Sir Winston Churchill Square is the heart of the action, with 13 days of creative, innovative programming, all FREE to explore and discover.

For the 32nd annual festival, artists and designers are exploring Dialogue: the art of collaborative thought; interplaying, interacting and interconnecting to develop new ideas. 

Art exhibits and performance art are collaborations, some more clearly a result of two or more artists working together.  ImagiNation Miscellany is one of these collaborations, asking the question, What Have You Heard About Us? The result is a multi-disciplinary art installation shaped by story circles exploring stereotypes faced by Edmonton’s Indigenous and cultural minority communities.

Dialogue is an intimate interaction between the artist and the audience, the sharing of ideas to develop a perception about the piece itself. Secrets for Dinner by Alysse Bowd, is one such intimate interactions at the Festival, where our heaviest secrets can be shared without exposure.

Dialogue is a catalyst for art and design – bringing together the eloquence of form and the requirements of function to become something that is both aesthetic and effective. Upside Down and Backwards by Mitch Kern, utilizes a transformed camping trailer as a room-sized camera obscura (pinhole camera), reshaping perspective both literally and figuratively. Le Salon Slideshow - Sehcivra Project by Sophie and Patrick Ares-Pilon, uses slides of real Canadian images for reflection and sharing. 

Dialogue is the interplay of personal experience, the interaction of personal perspective, and the intersection of personal bias, collectively interconnecting our perceptions to a new understanding of art and design. Exhibits such as Nimiyosimacihon Ispihk by Lana Whiskeyjack, Inside Out by Kasie Campbell and Shield by Stacey Cann, each connect the artist with the audience in intriguing and personal ways. 

Festival Highlights

The Works Street Stage

Daily - noon to 9:30 pm
Original music by the best in local talent, and performers from across Canada and the globe.

Special Celebrations

St. Jean Baptiste Day, June 24
Celebrate French-Canadian culture with the Festival Edmonton Chante, the parade of Les Grosse Têtes and francophone music on the Street Stage from 4:30 - 11 pm. 

New for 2017
Edmonton is one of 12 cities chosen to participate in Canada-wide francophone celebration, Constellation during the St Jean Baptiste Celebrations. The digital doorways set up across Canada will serve as connectors between communities.

Canadian Multiculturalism Day, June 27 is being celebrated Sunday, June 25
In partnership with the Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation, featuring multicultural games, arts and crafts, and performances.   

Canada Day, July 1
Free features and activities include art making for the whole family, as well as art performances. The Street Stage features female-fronted musical acts, along with the Gateway Big Band.

New for 2017
Celebrations for the sesquicentennial are at City Hall and on Churchill Square, with all the regular features plus roaming artists-in-residence and historical re-enactments,

Walk with The Works
Free daily guided tours and self-guided tours are available for attendees to experience the festival, the programs and the art on exhibit.

Workshops and Demonstrations

Art workshops for all ages allow participants to create solely or participate in group art projects. 

Art Market and Food Street

The Works Art Market features one-of-a-kind work, and an opportunity to meet the artists. The Food Street, conveniently located on 99th Street, offers a variety of food from around the world.

The Works Art & Design Festival is an event hosted by The Works International Visual Arts Society, founded in part by the Downtown Business Association of Edmonton. 

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For more details, contact: 
Melanie Watson, Marketing and Development Officer
The Works International Visual Arts Society
The Works Art & Design Festival 2017
Tel: 780-426-2122 ext. 235
Cell: 780-690-4114
melanie.watson@theworks.ab.ca