Multi-arts Festival Targets Resolving Precarity in Community

Peterborough ArtsWORK Festival runs through to Dec. 21

Reducing the extent of precarity surrounding various human and social conditions is the hope for a multi-arts festival currently underway in Peterborough.

Using art as a tool to generate more security and stability in physical, emotional, economic and social conditions in the community is the theme of the month-long festival.

Precarious2, Peterborough ArtsWORK Festival runs through to Dec. 21 in a number of locations throughout the community. The festival features art exhibits and presentations, workshops and panel discussions.

“By coming together, we investigate solutions and survival techniques, building our community’s tremendous intellectual and creative resources.”

“By coming together, we investigate solutions and survival techniques, building our community’s tremendous intellectual and creative resources,” organizers say.

Precarious2 features more than 50 artists creating and presenting new works in theatre, visual art, music, spoken word, literary arts, film and performance.

The festival also offers workshops, artistic mentorships and panel discussions on topics including food security, decolonizing artistic practice, precarity and aging, labour issues and gentrification.

A recent Peterborough Public Health report shows that just under two-thirds of the region’s workers work in vulnerable or precarious conditions.

Precarious2 is presented by Fleshy Thud in partnership with Public Energy.

Precarious events are currently running throughout the downtown. Venues include The Theatre on King, The Garnet, First Friday, The Sapphire Room, Artspace, Trent Radio, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Jackson Creek Press and Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre.

Many events are free and all have a pay-what-you-can option. Donations are welcome to support Precarious2 artists.

Precarious2 collaborated with the Peterborough Council for Persons with Disabilities to evaluate festival sites and provide information about barriers.

Visit our events calendar and look for the “Precarious:” lead tag or the festival website for a complete line-up of events and biographies of participating artists.

In addition, stay tuned to Electric City Magazine for an interview with one of the key organizers, Kate Story, about her hopes for the festival and its impact on the Peterborough community.

Photos by Andy Carroll.

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