Friday, September 5, 2008

Doors Open Gets Intangible!

Doors Open is a unique opportunity for the citizens and visitors of Newfoundland and Labrador to celebrate our architecture and heritage through the exploration of some of our hidden historical, architectural and cultural gems. Buildings that are normally closed to the public or charge an entrance fee welcome visitors to look around for free.

Doors Open began in Glasgow, Scotland in 1990 under the cooperation of the Scottish Civic Trust. A year later it was launched as a Council of Europe initiative. In 1998, 19 million people had visited 28,000 sites throughout Europe making it the world's biggest festival of the built environment.

This year, Doors Open St. John's is heading into its 6th year with its largest event to date! 28 sites are participating including some of our most popular sites and 11 new sites. As part of the event this year, several site will showcase and give visitors opportunities to take part in intangible cultural heritage activities. Some of these include:

  • Anna Templeton Centre for Craft, Art & Design - family workshops and craft demonstrations;

  • Bidgood's Fresh Food Market in the Goulds - come and learn how delicious traditional Newfoundland food is made by going behind the scenes in the Bidgood’s bakery.

  • Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre - Hands-on Displays (Touch Tank, Fast Rescue Craft, Fishery Patrol Vessel, Leatherback Turtle Replica), Demonstrations (tracking ocean conditions, eco-models, Terry Trauma), and Exhibits (marine debris, HR, species at risk).

  • Peter Pan Lawn Bowling, Bowering Park - Lawn bowling demonstrations and instruction will take place throughout the day. Come learn the sport and play a game with friends and family

  • St. John's Racing and Entertainment Centre - Tours of the stables will be held and races will begin 2:00 on Sunday.

  • The Old Mill, Brookfield Road - 4 Line dancing classes will be offered. They will begin on the hour starting at 12:00, Saturday.
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