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Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts
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Bravo Niagara! is dedicated to defining the Niagara Region as a destination for innovative artistic performances of the highest calibre. Our concerts are multi-sensory experiences and a "Symphony of the Senses" — music, wine, culinary and visual arts — combined with Niagara's natural beauty and historic riches.
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Voices of Freedom Festival and Bravo Holiday!
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This application is for the “Voices of Freedom Festival and Bravo Holiday!” expanded and inaugural programming taking place October 16 to December 6, 2020 in multiple venues in Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines. In 2020, Bravo Niagara! will expand its programming October-December, including “Sounds of Hope”, a new addition to the Voices of Freedom Festival, and the inaugural Bravo Holiday! Concerts. Programming includes: (1) Voices of Freedom Festival: (i) large-scale concerts at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, St. Catharines by Bakithi Kumalo and The Graceland Experience (October 17), Romani jazz musician Robi Botos (November 6), and Israeli violinist Shlomo Mintz (November 7); (ii) “Sounds of Hope”: a new component commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of The Holocaust featuring musical performances enriched with educational outreach initiatives, thought-provoking lectures, interactive discussions, and documentary film screenings (November 5-7 in multiple locations); (iii) talks and interactive workshops led by South African bassist Bakithi Kumalo (October 15 at the Niagara Falls History Museum and October 16 at Laura Secord Secondary School, St. Catharines); (iv) free film screening (“A People Uncounted”, November 5 at the – Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library and “Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust” November 7 at Ridley College, St. Catharines); (vi) interactive workshop by Robi Botos (November 6 at Marilyn Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, St. Catharines); (vii) talks by Dr. James Grymes, author of Violins of Hope (November 7 at Ridley College, St. Catharines) and Howard Reich, Emmy-winning Chicago Tribune arts critic (November 8 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library); and (2) Bravo Holiday! (December 5, 2020 (two shows: 2pm and 8pm at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre): a new initiative including two rare Canadian performances by the 19-time Grammy Award-winning Legendary Count Basie Orchestra (CBO) as part of their 85th-anniversary tour with special guest Canadian jazz icon Molly Johnson.
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Southwestern Ontario
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