spOtlight festival returns

    save the date: June 5 to June 7

    TORONTO, May 14 /CNW/ - spOtlight will take place in Cambridge, Guelph,
Kitchener, Stratford and Waterloo from Friday, June 5 to Sunday, June 7. The
spOtlight website will launch on May 20 with details of 135 free activities.
    spOtlight is an opportunity for the public to learn about and experience
the arts through various activities in theatre, music, dance, literature,
media arts, crafts, and the visual and performance arts. The weekend festival
includes free 'behind the scenes' tours, workshops, lectures, and other
events. More than 200 local artists are involved in a spectrum of arts
activities. Fourteen hub locations and dozens of other venues will be abuzz
with artistic activity.


    "The McGuinty government values the contributions of Ontario's artists to
our communities and to our economy. I encourage everyone who is able to take
time June 5 to 7 to participate in the many wonderful activities planned and
learn more about local artists," said Ontario Minister of Culture, Aileen
    "We hope the community will be impressed by the extraordinary range of
activities and artists that are featured at spOtlight this year and people
will be inspired to participate," said Martha Durdin, Ontario Arts Council

    Further information

    -   A 20-page spOtlight festival guide will help you plan your weekend.
        Watch for it in local newspapers the final week of May and in
        downtown business locations.
    -   Festival guides will also be available at local businesses and arts
    -   Ride the Grand River Transit Art Bus for free. You and your family
        can take the Art Bus to major spOtlight locations in Kitchener-
        Waterloo with four artist-hosts on board who will amuse passengers
        with insight into their work and fun on-the-road activities.
    -   Grand River Transit is also offering a special $5 Family Day Pass to
        get around all regular GRT routes during spOtlight. Details on how to
        buy a Family Day Pass available at
    -   spOtlight launches Friday, June 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a
        ceremony co-presented by the City of Waterloo at the brand new
        Waterloo Public Square. The launch includes the official unveiling of
        Royden Rabinowitch's sculpture Bell for Kepler in its permanent home,
        songs by jazz singer Diane Nalini and a performance by flamenco dance
        troupe Sol y Sombre.

    spOtlight: is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Culture
( and produced by the Ontario Arts Council

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For further information:

For further information: MEDIA INQUIRIES: Hamal Docter, Communications
Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council, (416) 969-7434, 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434,
Mobile: (647) 831-4295,

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