The arts coming to Bishop’s this week

By Gordon Lambie

Bishop’s University’s annual Arts Festival kicks off its fourth edition this coming Tuesday, January 14, with five days of workshops and performances meant to celebrate and open the doors of disciplines ranging from ballet to bookbinding to any and all who take the time to come and experience them. “We have a really good collection of the arts this year,” said Stephanie Egloff, communications manager for this year’s festival, noting that the call for performers and workshop leaders this year received a more positive response than in previous years. “We’re really excited.” As in the past, the festival has no specific theme, instead opting to offer as diverse an overview of the arts as possible. That diversity is very clear in the schedule. On Tuesday events get started with a workshop on the art of storytelling, followed by a “cultural crash course” from the Carribean and African Students’ Assocaition (CASA). The Bishop’s University Singers’ first rehearsal for their Broadway-themed spring concert is also a part of the official program, as is a band showcase at The Gait, the campus bar. On Wednesday morning Egloff will lead a workshop on producing electronic music in Bandeen, and workshops on meditative painting and Renga (collaborative) haiku will take place before an evening show of Blues poetry and harp in Bandeen Hall. See full story in the Monday, Jan. 13 edition of The Record.

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