KINGS COUNTY, NS - An upcoming community art event at Ross Creek will celebrate Kings County’s and Canada’s cultural mosaic.
Ross Creek Centre for the Arts is hosting a celebration of Japanese art and culture as part of the Community Arts Sunday at Ross Creek program on Nov. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Executive director Chris O’Neill said they hold a community arts day once a month, exploring a particular culture through the lens of its visual and performing arts and food. Admission is by a free will donation.
There will be a number of art activities, suitable for both children and adults. Films will be screened and they’ll be serving traditional Japanese street foods. Visitors will have the chance to try their hand at wood block inspired printmaking, Sumi e-books, colourful kimonos and more.
“It’s pretty cool in terms of bringing in some elements of Japanese culture that we wouldn’t normally have a chance to see here,” O’Neill said.
Bernie Kamps and John Sells will be volunteering their talents, giving a demonstration and workshop on Gagaku, an ancient Japanese classical-music tradition. Performing with a flute called the ryuteki and a double-reed instrument called the hichiriki, they’ll be inviting visitors to learn a song.
Dessie Howard will be volunteering her talents as well, giving a presentation and demonstration on Bugaku, a traditional form of Japanese court dance, and will teach some of the movements.
O’Neill said there would be a spectacular hand-sewn kimono on display that was donated to Ross Creek along with other art work by Peter and Janet Walker of Wolfville.
“In terms of the beauty of hand-made work, it’s really quite extraordinary, we’re very, very fortunate to have it,” O’Neill said.
She said they’ve also been fortunate to have so many international students at Acadia University help out with the cultural celebrations as volunteers. She said so many in the past have gone through university rarely leaving the campus. The international students add to the community and it’s wonderful to celebrate their respective cultures.
Ross Creek hosted a celebration of Mexican culture in October. They’ll be celebrating the Chinese New Year and Persian culture in 2018, along with other cultural celebrations.
O’Neill said the artistic traditions they’re bringing forward connect with Ross Creek’s mission as a centre and celebrate the multicultural nature of the community and Canada in general, which enhances understanding.