Barrie Culture Talk

Presenters at the first Barrie "Culture Talk", leading dance artist Nova Bhattacharya and celebrated Canadian filmmaker Peter Lynch
Admission free

Barrie Culture Talk
Presented in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren Art Centre
Tuesday, October 13
7:00 to 9:30 pm
Admission free. No registration required

You are invited to the MacLaren Art Centre to share what culture means to you at the first “Culture Talk”. Organized by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, eleven community consultation events will be happening across the province focusing on what art, culture and heritage mean to Ontarians. The outcomes will contribute towards shaping the first Culture Strategy for our province with Barrie as the starting location. The Barrie “Culture Talk” will begin with renowned choreographer and dance artist Nova Bhattacharya and noted filmmaker and documentarian Peter Lynch in a moderated discussion before moving on to round table talks with the public. As the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Coteau states, “…this is an opportunity for the province to take a fresh look at how it invests in arts and culture, to build our vibrant sectors and to enrich our diverse communities.” Culture defines who we are. This is an invaluable opportunity to influence the growth and development of arts and culture. Please join us on October 13 and share what culture means to you and what you feel the Government of Ontario can do to better support arts and culture in the province. For more information, click here.

About the presenters: Recognized as one of the leading dance artists of her generation, Nova Bhattacharya is the former Chair of the Toronto Arts Council’s Dance Committee and has been a member of Toronto Art Council’s board of directors since 2011. Bhattacharya has developed an intriguing body of work—ranging from full-length classical recitals to powerful contemporary solos and duets—that showcases today’s Bharatanatyam and Canadian contemporary dance with a South Asian sensibility. Her performances have struck a deep emotional chord with audiences and critics alike, and have been presented by Canada’s National Arts Centre, Toronto's Danceworks and Kalanidhi Fine Arts, Vancouver's Dancing on the Edge, Tokyo’s An Creative and at fabrik Potsdam / 17th Potsdamer Tanztage—International Festival of Contemporary Dance. An impassioned advocate for the arts, she is a founding member of South Asian Dance Alliance Canada, and past Treasurer and Co-Chair of Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists—Ontario Chapter. 

Peter Lynch is one of Canada’s most celebrated filmmakers. He is responsible for several internationally acclaimed feature films and shorts. His first dramatic short Arrowhead received a Genie Award in 1994. In 1996, Lynch made the wildly successful Project Grizzly, one of the most acclaimed Canadian documentaries of all time, and spoofed the next year on The Simpsons. Fans of the film include Quentin Tarantino and Matthew Barney. This was followed by his docu/drama The Herd, which Lynch co-wrote and directed, and was a festival hit worldwide. In 2001, Cyberman, a portrait of Cyborg Steve Mann, played to critical acclaim at over fifty international film festivals and was listed as one of the top ten feature films of 2002 by Film Comment to name a few. Lynch is currently in editing with his first feature drama, a neo noir entitled Birdland

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