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REF NO.: 199

SUBJECT: Re-imagining rural Newfoundland and Labrador

DATE: March 12

Memorial University’s Harris Centre and Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador have teamed up with Docudance producer Louise Moyes to host a panel discussion on the role of the arts in economic and social development in rural Newfoundland and Labrador.

 As part of the opening performance of Ms. Moyes’s latest one-woman multi-disciplinary show, Taking in Strangers, which threads together stories from Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec and explores themes like rural development, homelessness and mental health, the panel discussion will feature filmmaker-choreographer Anne Troake, business leader and arts advocate John Fisher, and former chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and Labrador Inuit music specialist Tom Gordon.

In addition to sharing their own visions for the future of rural Newfoundland and Labrador, the panellists will speak to the role of arts-based tourism in rural revitalization, the state of funding for artistic and cultural endeavours and the role of the arts in public policy. The performance and panel will be webcast live.

Tickets for the performance are $28 ($22 for seniors, students, artists and groups of 5 or more) and can be purchased at the LSPU Hall, 3 Victoria St., St. John’s, at www.rca.nf.ca or by calling (709) 753-4531.

The event takes place Tuesday, March 17, performance at 8 p.m., panel at 9:30 p.m.

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For more information, please contact Cathy Newhook, communications co-ordinator, Harris Centre, at cathyn@mun.ca or (709) 864-7918.

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