By Mike Baker
Fall is here and with the change of season there are local things to see and do to 'stay in touch' with local art initiatives.
The changing times have been a challenge to us and events have had to 'pivot' due to current circumstances. Here's a list of fall 'happenings' that remain a part of our landscape that are presenting opportunities for us all, be they business as usual, a different format or promise of a return during the same period this time next year.
A national celebration of arts and culture, inviting the public to get hands-on and behind-the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities. This year the celebrations have been extended beyond the traditional Culture Days weekend, to a more inclusive and interactive 4-week schedule of activities. Kicking off September 25th and running until October 25th, Culture Days invites everyone to participate in and show appreciation for arts and culture in their own communities and nationwide! Check out virtual and in-person Culture Days activities in Guelph.
The Guelph Film Festival is going ahead this year, but with a different look.
“We will be presenting our 2020 Festival online (November 6-14). This is a challenging time, and while we cannot be together in the ways we want to be, our stories are more important than ever.
Which is why we will be presenting an amazing festival of documentary films that embody and explore our commitment to social justice, our environment, and community building. We believe documentary film can be a catalyst for conversations about change in a time of crisis, as well as being an opportunity to learn and uplift.
Our program is an amazing way to explore the wider world without leaving your home through films like The Dilemma of Desire, an exploration of "cliteracy" and the clash between gender politics and female sexual desire, and Coded Bias which explores the intersection of facial recognition software and racism. These, along with a groundbreaking line-up of Indigenous-made shorts, exclusive feature length and short documentaries, entertaining kids' programming (including Tiny Docs by Tiny People), exciting community partnerships, and dynamic panel discussions means that our 2020 festival will be one to remember.” - Guelph Film Festival
Full Festival Passes will be available starting in October 2020 on a sliding scale from $35-$75 (you choose your price point!). Each pass will allow you full access to all of our films On-Demand for the duration of the festival (9 days). Guelph Film Festival will also be presenting four exclusive live streaming events featuring panel discussions, short films, and exciting guests from around the world. The GFF is a recognized artistic leader in our community because of their unique mission to challenge the norms of the film industry and society, spark community conversations, and highlight marginalized voices.
Bumaroo is proud to present their annual music and arts festival this year, live streamed to you from their headquarters in Guelph, Ontario.
“We've been working tirelessly to bring you a myriad of amazing talent and entertainment this September 26th 2020. Bumaroo was founded on the goal of showcasing and supporting emerging artists and musicians in the local community by providing digital and event-based platforms. With the absence of live events these days, we’ve decided to move Bumaroo Festival to an online live-streamed format. It will combine performances from local bands, art-making workshops, fashion & design, live art, a prize giveaway, and local business promotions.”
Behind the scenes with Bumaroo. Photo credit Bumaroo.