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19/20 BPAC Presents

BPAC’s Cultural Diversity Festival

Cultural Diversity Festival

Join us in celebrating our community’s cultural diversity at our 2nd annual Cultural Diversity Festival, supported by the City of Burlington’s Cultural Diversity Initiative.

Mammalian Diving Reflex: Haircuts by Children

Mammalian Diving Reflex: HAIRCUTS BY CHILDREN

Free event!

SAT SEP 28, 12–4pm
Community Studio Theatre

Tales and Dances Around the Baobab

Free event!

SAT SEP 28, 12pm
BPAC Plaza

Shreya Bollywood Dance

Shreya Bollywood Dance

Free event!

SAT SEP 28, 1pm
Family Lobby

Amai Kuda et Les Bois

Free event!

SAT SEP 28, 2pm
BPAC Plaza

The PepTides

Free event!

SAT SEP 28, 4pm
BPAC Plaza

Dr. Terri Lynn Brennan

A Conversation with Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan on the Land and Waters We Share

Free event!

SAT SEP 28, 6pm
Community Studio Theatre

Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan is the founder and CEO of Inclusive Voices Inc. based on Wolfe Island in the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River, the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe. She is of Onkwehon:we and British descent and her family originates from Six Nations of the Grand River, Brantford, Ontario. Join her for a conversation on a map of Turtle Island to learn more about the Indigenous history of the region and the joint responsibility of returning Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations to the original intentions of the Two Row Wampum and the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Covenants.

TOM WILSON: Beautiful Scars. A Symphonic Literary Recital

Paid event.

SAT SEP 28, 8pm
Main Theatre

Storyteller, songwriter, performer, visual artist and three-time JUNO Award winning Canadian musician Tom Wilson teams up with a 9-piece chamber orchestra for a special multi-disciplinary literary and musical event. Tom uses words and music from his bestselling memoir Beautiful Scars to tell the story of his search for identity, and the surprising discovery of his Mohawk heritage. It is a musical journey inspired by a family history of carefully guarded secrets and profound acts of forgiveness.

Featuring original music by Tom along with works by history’s greatest musical minds, Tom Wilson and the chamber orchestra present a moving and at times very funny night of steeltown secrets, Mohawk skywalkers and inspirational art. Hamilton native Tom Wilson has performed as a member of Junkhouse, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings as well as his most recent incarnation, Lee Harvey Osmond.

VIP Tickets Available
VIP ticket includes a copy of the book Beautiful Scars by Tom Wilson, and a post-show artist meet & greet reception in the Studio Theatre. Tom will be available for pictures and to autograph his book.

“A helluva story… Wilson has the ear of the poet and the eye of the painter…capturing a broader cultural moment.” —Hamilton Spectator

Sponsored by Keller Williams Edge Hearth & Home Realty

Ticket Prices

Regular: $39.50 (All in)
Member: $34.50 (All in)
VIP: $60.50 (All-in)
VIP (Member): $55.50 (All-in)
BPAC members, please contact the box office to purchase VIP tickets.
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Mammalian Diving Reflex: Haircuts by Children

Mammalian Diving Reflex: HAIRCUTS BY CHILDREN

Free event!

SUN SEP 29, 12–4pm
Community Studio Theatre

Tales and Dances Around the Baobab

Free event!

SUN SEP 29, 12pm
BPAC Plaza

Osob Adus

Osob Adus: Unity in Diversity – The Common Culture

Free event!

SUN SEP 29, 2pm
Community Studio Theatre

Halton Dance Network

Halton Dance Network presents: heartBEATZ 2019

Free event!

SUN SEP 29, 3pm
BPAC Plaza

The Halton Dance Network’s presentation of “heartBEATZ” 2019 is a transformative event that embodies HDN’s mandate to build community in and through dance. Family, community, inclusivity and diversity are key cornerstones to our network.

We will begin with a performance from the heartBEATZ dancers of their original dance that is a fusion of Urban/Hip Hop with Bollywood/Bhangra styles. This year the choreographer is HDN’s, Alan Faigal. He has set this piece on dancers collected from three different communities in the Halton region. Next our intergenerational group, the Travellin’ Collective (with dancers ranging in age from youngsters to seniors), will perform another original dance to the music, “Lean on Me”. The collective dancers will collaborate with choreographers, Alan Faigal and Kate Lowe in the creation of this piece. Invited local dance studios will showcase short works from their current repertoire.

“heartBEATZ” will conclude with a community dance experience involving all the dancers and the audience. This interactive workshop will be facilitated by Alan Faigal.

SULTANS OF STRING with Burlington Symphony Orchestra: A World of Music

Paid event.

SUN SEP 29, 4pm
Main Theatre

Three-time JUNO nominees Sultans of String whisk the audience on a musical world tour featuring genre-hopping celtic reels, flamenco, gypsy-jazz, Arabic, and Cuban rhythms. A celebration of musical fusion and creativity that delivers fiery violin dances, kinetic guitar, percussive grooves, acoustic strings and electronic wizardry. Burlington’s own Burlington Symphony Orchestra (formerly Symphony on the Bay) adds the majestic soundscape of a full orchestra to the Sultan’s world music compositions, creating the ultimate cultural crossover performance. No passport required!

This performance includes afro-cuban percussionist Alberto Suarez, special guest Pakistani-Canadian Anwar Khurshid on sitar, and special guest Shannon Thunderbird.

“…Canada’s hottest new musical exports.” – Celtic Connections

“it is no wonder how popular Sultans Of String are becoming” – Canadian Beats

Sponsored by:
Burlington Royal Arts Academy

Ticket Prices

Regular: $39.50 (All in)
Members: $34.50 (All in)

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Dates & Times

SEP 28–29, 2019

Venue

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre