Several of the province’s arts organizations are in a bind after ArtsNL—the body which adjudicates grants and disburses provincial arts funding—has cut their funding over what the arts organizations say are very minor errors in online reporting forms. Last week the Folk Arts Council—which puts off the annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, one of the province’s premiere music and culture festivals—learned that the second and third years of a pre-approved three-year funding grant had been cancelled due to reporting errors. They have since announced they’re suing ArtsNL over the decision, since funding was supposed to be guaranteed for three years and they say minimal effort was made to alert them to the reporting discrepancies. Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Festival and Gros Morne Summer Music have also had their funding cancelled, and on Tuesday the provincial arts and culture magazine Riddle Fence made a public statement announcing their funding was…
The Elmastukwek Mawio’mi is a grassroots effort to revive an old Mi’kmaq tradition that involves people coming together and sharing in stories, music, food and ceremony, say organizers.
The tax on books and cuts to libraries will seriously damage the thriving literary culture in Newfoundland. These cuts will destroy the cultural hubs of communities, and show a cynicism this government needs to redress.
“I urge you to repeal these cuts immediately. If you do, I would be more than happy to continue in my current position as poet laureate. If you do not, then you cannot pretend to be the sort of city that deserves a poet laureate anyway.”
It’s time for a renewed commitment to heritage in St. John’s, and to remind ourselves just why it’s so important.
Newfoundland’s history, like its people, is much more complex than we’re taught in school. That’s something which needs to change.
Why make New Year’s resolutions, when it just means carrying the worst of your baggage with you into the new year?
Who are the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary trying to recruit with their new video? How well do they understand the community?
With a leadership race and a looming election, there’s lots of political activity going on. So why is nobody talking about the one thing that could guarantee our future prosperity?
The ‘People and the Sea’ film festival is here to remind us who we are and how we’ve survived in the North Atlantic for so long
At a time when government is trying to boost economic growth, why did they allow closure of the low-cost, high-yield Labrador Craft Marketing Agency?
On the ‘N-word’ a long way from the Rock
How a class trip to British Columbia spawned a greater understanding of the uniqueness of Inuit culture.
It’s one thing to be a resident of Dubai, but another, impossible thing to fully assimilate.
Travel involves constant encounters with similarity and difference
Brandon explores giving gifts that keep on giving, and growing, our communities and those around the world for this holiday season
The spread of technology means Northern life is no longer so remote. But technology can be a double-edged sword…
Why are there limitations on whose art can be procured?
Atlantic Canada’s most unique literary and musical festival kicks off
Newfoundland author Michael Crummey discusses his latest book Galore and the themes it raises: environmental, cultural, and magical…