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Organizations team up for Culture Days


The Southeast Newcomer Services (SNS), the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum (EAGM), the Estevan Public Library and the Souris Valley (SV) Museum will be coming together to promote culture in the community during the Culture Days celebrations in Estevan on September 27.

All of the activities will be happening at the EAGM.

Festivities will begin at noon, and are slated to continue well into the evening.

SNS is promoting the Collage Cultural Arts Fair. Program coordinator Sarah Mehler said there will be a global market that has already attracted 13 vendors. A henna artist, authentic African artwork, pottery, ethnic foods, and other exhibitors will be present.

Vendors can still register for the global market, she said, as they don't have a limit on the number of exhibitors.

Entertainment will also be offered through Collage. Saskatchewan author Ponziano Aluma will be reading from his book We're Here. Now What?, which offers a humourous look at the move that he and his wife made when they immigrated to Canada from Uganda.

Mehler said they hope to have local entertainers as well.

The other highlight of Collage will be a mosaic artwork.

"We've ordered a lot of glass pieces, and everyone who comes to Collage will get a piece of glass tile to place on the artwork, so at the end, we'll have a big, nice mosaic table," she said.

The SV Museum will be there throughout the day, offering many of the activities that they have provided for families and children at their Pioneer Fun Day. Participants can try rope making, or they can tackle a craft.

“It's not going to be anything that's going to take too long,” said curator Katrina Howick. “You can sit down for five to 15 minutes, depending on how detailed you want to be, and do the crafts.”

They're working on a couple other activities as well, Howick said.

The Estevan Public Library will be involved by hosting heritage-themed events, starting at 2 p.m. Children's program coordinator Maureen Curtis said she will be engaging the young people in a story, a game, a craft, and harvest-related snacks.

“We'll have it all decorated up, and everybody can come out and have some fun,” said Curtis.

Curtis said she is confident that there will be a strong turn-out, as there is going to be something for everyone at the Culture Days event.

The Estevan Art Gallery and Museum's contribution, in addition to the facility, will be two-fold. Educator Karly Garnier will host a children's craft, starting at noon. The EAGM is also promoting the fall kick-off of their After Dark concert series.

Andino Suns, a Saskatchewan band that plays Chilean acoustic music, will be the musicians. They'll start at 7 p.m.

“They've been making waves within the Saskatchewan music scene,” said Andersen. “They were one of the bands that performed at the concerts throughout the city before the Juno Awards.”

Andersen said they're an exciting band that likes to have a crowd that's very engaged.

The goal for Culture Days this year is to work with partners in the community, Andersen said, so they decided to work with SNS, the SV Museum and the library.

“Culture Days is actually about celebrating culture, whether it's visual art, dance or music, and culture in terms of where we come from and who we are,” said Andersen.

She expects that it will be beneficial to have all the Culture Days activities under one roof, rather than having them spread out across the city.

Since Culture Days is affiliated with Culture Days, the activities will be free, although there will be costs to purchase items from the vendors in the global village.




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