Volume 91, Issue 17

Thursday, September 25, 1997

sacre bleu


Art attack heading for London

By Mark Lewandowski
Gazette Staff

Brace yourself London, it's that time of year again – the London New Arts (and Artists) Festival is about to begin.

Making a comeback after a controversial preceding year when the festival was marred by late fund-raising and little corporate support, this year's festival is raring to go.

The event is a smorgasbord of great burgeoning local talent that stretches the gamut from visual art to theatre and live music. Centralized in downtown's Galleria London, the festival serves a two-fold purpose: to revitalize the downtown core and "provide an opportunity for artists (to exhibit their talents) who otherwise would not have one," in the words of event president Carol Smith. The event will kick-off tonight with a free Opening Night Gala at Galleria's Rockwater with readings and the musical magic of various groups from folk to a cappella.

A series of events will run tomorrow until Sunday – starting at about noon daily – at various venues throughout the mall. There will be a wealth of young painters displaying their work for the duration of the festival for the artisans who want to check out their fellow brush talent. The Simply Theatre group will perform what they describe as "avant-garde with a chuckle." Then there is the musical component; the sweet sounds of untampered ambition flowing through the Galleria at all corners.

The festival adds a little spice to the palette with theatre workshops, dance pieces and literary readings and interpretation. A little something for the kid, artist and critic in all of us. As Smith puts it, "[There is] something going on all the time."

For a closer look at the ins and outs of this years fest, check The Gazette tomorrow for full listings – and discover a great way to spend a fun and frugal weekend.

To Contact The Entertainment Department: gazent@julian.uwo.ca

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