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Allysa Flint

September 23 | 9:30-11:45am, September 24 | 9:30-11:00am | Central Library (Free - Paul O’Regan Hall), Central Library (Free - Paul O’Regan Hall)

Allysa Flint, spoken word artist born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is joining us once again at this year’s Prismatic Arts Festival! Allysa’s powerful performance at the Opening Gala at Prismatic 2015 blew audiences away proving that she has a bright future ahead. Allysa has been writing poetry since…

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Barbara Diabo

September 21 | 6:00-9:00pm, September 23 | 9:30-11:45am | Opening Gala, Central Library (Free - Paul O'Regan Hall)

Professional dancer and choreographer Barbara Diabo, originally comes from the Mohawk Nation of Kahnawake and now resides in Montreal. She has been performing for over 25 years and presently specializes in both traditional and contemporary Aboriginal dance, especially in hoop dance. At Prismatic 2016 she will be performing Sky Dancers:…

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Cris Derksen

September 21 | 6:00-9:00pm,September 23 | 11:45am-12:20pm ,September 24 | 7:00-9:00pm , September 25 | 7:00-10:00pm | Opening Gala, Central Library (Free - Paul O'Regan Hall), Company House, Kenneth C. Rowe Hall

Cris Derksen is a Juno-nominated Indigenous cellist and composer known for building sound layers in captivating performances. Her music braids the traditional and contemporary in multiple dimensions, weaving her classical training and her Indigenous ancestry with new school electronics, creating genre-defying music. Originally from Northern Alberta, Cris Derksen hails from…

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September 23 | 7:00-9:00pm, September 24 | 7:00-9:00pm, September 25 | 7:00-10:00pm | Company House, Company House, Kenneth C. Rowe Hall

Born in a tent, raised in a two-room cabin, classically trained in opera, and now an alternative folk artist…but the cool doesn’t stop there…she is a sub-Arctic-Southern Tutchone-Japanese-Tlingit-Scottish-Yukoner. Diyet’s music is like her life – a mix of this and that but deeply rooted in the values of a traditional…

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EI Jones

September 22 | 5:30-7:00pm, September 23 | 7:00-9:00pm, September 24 | 9:30-11:00am, September 25 | 7:00-10:00pm | Central Library (Free - Paul O’Regan Hall), Company House, Central Library (Free - Paul O’Regan Hall), Kenneth C. Rowe Hall

El Jones is a spoken-word artist and teacher from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her poems are themed around social-political issues surrounding race and gender. El has graced local and national stages and events as Halifax’s fifth poet laureate; two-time National Spoken Word Champion, an activist, and a college and university instructor.…

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September 23 | 7:00-9:00pm, September 24 | 11:30am-12:00pm, September 25 | 7:00-10:00pm | Company House, Central Library (Free - Paul O'Regan Hall), Kenneth C. Rowe Hall

 Eljuri creates a sonic reflecting pool. This energizing musician and performer absorbs drops of influence from all over the world, from cultures that she calls her own and others into which she dives to discover their treasures. Her music is sometimes a mirror lake reflecting this generation’s global fusion and…

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Janet Munsil

September 24 | 1:00-3:00pm | Bus Stop Theatre

Presented by Onelight Theatre Janet Munsil is a playwright and producer who has been working in Canadian theatre for decades. Born in Seattle, raised in BC, Janet is a graduate of the University of Victoria’s Theatre Program. She is an internationally produced playwright, the producer of over 50 arts festivals, and for 25 years the Artistic Director of Intrepid…

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Maarja Nuut

September 24 | 7:00-9:00pm, September 25 | 7:00-10:00pm | Company House, Kenneth C. Rowe Hall

Maarja Nuut is a fiddler and singer from Northern Estonia. Her music combines traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories with live electronics to create an intricate layered soundscape in a space where minimalism and experimental music meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe. It is like nothing you have…

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Meena Natarajan

September 23 & 24 | 5:00-8:00pm | Bus Stop Theatre

Presented by Onelight Theatre Meena Natarajan is a playwright, director and is the Executive and Literary Director of Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis, a progressive, international ensemble space for theater and dialogue. She has led Pangea’s growth since it’s founding in 1995. Meena’s scripts have been professionally produced both in…


Music Liberatory

September 24 | 12:00pm | Central Library (Free - Mi'kmaq Circle)

Music Liberatory is a Halifax-based non-profit, grassroots organization, founded by Tamar Dina, that works to dramatically increase the number of female instrumentalists by providing free music programs to women and girls with emphasis on developing and maintaining the cultural leadership of women of colour. Girls Got Song is a weekly singing…

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Najet Ghanai

September 24 | 4:00-5:00pm | Central Library (Free - RBC Learning Centre)

Najet Ghanai is a Canadian- Libyan visual artist who creates sculptures and installations from construction materials and foraged natural elements. Her work is an investigation of the dynamic coexistence of nature and industry. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University and also studied furniture design and fabrication…

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Rebecca Thomas

September 21 | 6:00-9:00pm, September 24 | 7:00-9:00pm, September 25 | 7:00-10:00pm | Opening Gala, Company House, Kenneth C. Rowe Hall

Rebecca Thomas is a Nova Scotia-based Indigenous slam poet. She is the current Poet Laureate for Halifax who works in Student Services and provides Indigenous Support. Rebecca serves as an ambassador to her community and an advocate for literacy. She says that, “Poetry can give a voice to the voiceless. Poetry…

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Reeny Smith

September 25 | 7:00-10:00pm | Kenneth C. Rowe Hall

Reeny Smith is an award winning singer/songwriter, from the musical powerhouse Smith family of North Preston, Nova Scotia. Commonly referred to as the “Canadian Alicia Keys,” Reeny has a smooth tone and powerful voice that will make you get in touch with your emotions as she takes you on a…

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Shauntay Grant

September 21 | Noon - 2pm, September 22 | Noon - 2pm and 6pm - 8pm | Bus Stop Theatre | Get Tickets

Presented by Onelight Theatre Shauntay Grant is a writer and storyteller from Halifax, Nova Scotia. A descendant of Black Loyalists, Jamaican Maroons, and Black Refugees who came to Canada – Shauntay’s love of language stretches back to her storytelling roots in Nova Scotia’s historic black communities. She is a multidisciplinary…

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September 22 | 8:00-9:00pm, September 25 | 7:00-10:00pm | Company House, Kenneth C. Rowe Hall

Hailing from Montreal – Solawa is a band composed of five incredibly talented, multi-dimensional artists. The music takes you away with a crisp, colourful multi dimensional sound. With something for everyone they perform in Plains Cree, French, Spanish and English. Together they bridge their musical and cultural universes and bring…

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Stephanie Yee

September 21, 22, 23 & 24 | 9:00pm-12:00am, September 25 | 10:00pm-1:00am | Company House

Presented by Onelight Theatre Stephanie Yee is a visual artist and cultural worker originally from Barrie, Ontario, currently based in Halifax. Though she began her academic career in theatre, she graduated with a BFA from NSCAD in 2012. Her practice interrogates concepts of communication and identity. Using performance, video, sculpture…

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Sylvia D. Hamilton

September 23 | 1:00-4:00pm | Central Library (Free - Paul O’Regan Hall)

Sylvia D. Hamilton is a filmmaker, writer, and educator from Beechville, Nova Scotia. She is widely respected for her documentaries that re-examine Canadian history with a focus on the perspective of African Canadians. Sylvia has been widely recognized for her work. Her awards include: a Gemini, The Portia White Prize,…

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The Glass House

September 22 | 5:30-7:00pm | Central Library (Free - Paul O'Regan Hall)

The Glass House is a 2009 Iranian documentary film by Hamid Rahmanian (director and editor) and Melissa Hibbard (producer and script writer). The documentary gives insight into the life of four young girls who are trying to lift themselves out of the margins of society by attending a support center…

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Ursula Johnson

September 24 | 12:00-6:00pm | Central Library (Free - Program Room)

Presented by Onelight Theatre Ursula Johnson is a nationally and internationally respected performance and installation artist of Mi’kmaw First Nation ancestry. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and has participated in over 30 group shows and 5 solo exhibitions. Her performances are often place-based and…