Ode'min Giizis 2011: honouring culture and pushing boundaries

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4th Annual Festival of Indigenous arts, June 15-19, 2001 Peterborough, Ontario; Unique Canadian festival

In the spirit of excitement and inclusion, The 4th Annual Ode’min Giizis festival of Indigenous arts and culture welcomes artists from across Canada and around the world, June 15th-19th in Peterborough, Ontario.

Coupling artists, young and older, emerging and established, local and visiting, traditional and contemporary – the festival offers the chance to experience and learn from open, creative conversations about how we move forward together, across cultures, across differences.

The Festival begins Wednesday, June 15th, with Opening Celebrations (dance, music and conversation!); on Thursday, a performance of The Creator’s Game, a short contemporary dance piece to go on before the Peterborough Lakers Lacrosse game. On Friday, June 17th parents and children are invited to take part in Bimaadiziwin; the Art of Living in a Good Way. Evening entertainment will include Theatre Sports with Toronto’s hilarious comedy troupe Tonto’s Nephews.

Saturday, June 18th, all are welcome to begin one of the first days of summer with a Sunrise Ceremony, and to join in the lively, welcoming Community Procession beginning at 11am at Peterborough City Hall and culminating in a day-long Traditional Gathering with dancing, drumming, storytellers and more at Del Crary Park. Haven’t had enough? Check out this year’s IndieGenius Outdoor Concert, this year on Hunter Street, and featuring musical collaborations with Indigenous musicians from the four corners of the earth.

Sunday, June 19th, the Festival hosts an Iroquois Lacrosse (Dewa:ao gajihgwa;e / The Creator’s Game) Program Clinic for youth.

For dates, times, locations, opportunities to participate and more, go to the Ode’min Giizis website, okw-arts.ca, or call 705.745.1788.

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