Thursday, November 26, 2009
Granny! 'Tis Mummers!!
The province's First Annual Folklife Festival kicks off tonight with an exhibition of fine art and craft dedicated to the history and culture of Mummering.
“The Mummers Festival is a series of events taking place in late November and December which will culminate with the Mummers Parade on December 20th, ending on the grounds of The Rooms with a Christmas concert and Mummers Jam with music, dancing, and spaces for impromptu performances,” says the Province’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Officer, Dale Jarvis.
Jarvis says “The folklife festival is an opportunity for cultural exchange - a place where audiences can feel free to engage with particular traditions and their respective tradition-bearers-within a 'museum without walls' context. The folklife festival is an invitation for audiences to participate, to learn, dance, dress, move, sing, and interact with tradition-bearers and each other.”
Folklife Festival Organizer Ryan Davis says “Mummering in Newfoundland and Labrador takes on many different forms: it continues as a Christmastime house visit; it has become a type of performance for summertime Come Home Year celebrations; it’s the topic of a still-popular song; and it’s represented in art and craft.”
The Mummers Festival is being organized by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and our sponsors: The Rooms; The Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador; Memorial University; MITACS; The Friends of Victoria Park Lantern Festival; Georgestown Neighbourhood Association; Mummer's The Word; and MacPherson Elementary School.
For more information about how you can participate, volunteer and learn more about the Mummers Festival go to the festival website at www.mummersfestival.ca
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