SPARC April 24 – 27 2014

Rural communities are often overlooked when examining the diverse richness of the performing arts in Canada and what the business of performing arts can do to reinvigorate community and encourage economic development. The Symposium for Performing Arts in Rural Communities (SPARC) will bring together rural creators, producers, presenters and animateurs to initiate a dialogue about how to develop and sustain the performing arts in rural communities. SPARC believes that we are all learners and we all have knowledge to share. SPARC will ignite dynamic exchange among participants through interactive workshops, seminars, panels and research or community soundbytes and presentations that showcase local venues and celebrate the synergy of community that creates culture and culture that creates community.

The first of its kind in Canada, the symposium will focus on the business of performing arts in a rural setting, and feature three streams of exploration – creation, production and presentation – across four disciplines of the performing arts – Dance, Theatre, Music and Media Arts. Organized by collaborating partners the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands, Conjurors of County Town, Highlands Summer Festival, Dusk Dances Haliburton, Forest Festival, Haliburton County Folk Society, Highlands Media Arts and Those Other Movies, and with financial support from Haliburton County Development Corporation and the Cultural Strategic Investment Fund, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Symposium for Performing Arts in Rural Communities (SPARC) will be held in the Haliburton Highlands on April 24-27, 2014.

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