Welcome to Neruda Arts

Neruda Arts is a community based not-for-profit organization that connects the diverse cultures of our region through the arts.

Neruda Arts is inviting the public to help create 20 small animitas or shrines for its Day of the Dead festivities on November 1, 2014. The Day of the Dead event is 1 of over 20 FREE performance and art installations included in this year’s annual Nuit Blanche-style Night/Shift Festival in Downtown Kitchener. The shrine-making workshop will take place October 29th from 6-9pm at 157 King Street West in Downtown Kitchener (beside Budd’s Department Store). You don’t need to be an artist and all supplies will be provided. However, if you want to dedicate a shrine to a deceased friend or family member we ask that you bring a picture or object associated with the person. Candle-lit animitas will usher visitors into a Day of the Dead event that will include mariachis, dancers, a photo exhibit, calaveros or skull face painting for adults, a DJ, scary treats and more. For more information about Neruda Arts’ Day of the Dead event visit nerudaarts.ca. Please RSVP to David Junca - dsjunca@gmail.com to confirm your participation in the workshop. 

Singer, songwriter, producer, and SIX-time, Grammy Award Winner, Ziggy Marley will perform at Centre in the Square Thursday October 9th as part of his Fly Rasta Tour. Ziggy Marley has released twelve albums to much critical acclaim. He is the proud inheritor of his father's gift for socially conscious lyrics and the prophetic tradition. Don’t miss this show! Use the promo code, NERUDA and you will a receive 15% OFF selected tickets.

Dream for Uganda, a registered non-profit, has launched its Fuel Local fundraising campaign to support the performing arts program at the Cambridge Secondary School in Eastern Uganda. The Cambridge School provides refuge, counseling, and free education to 400 children impacted by war, poverty and AIDS. Dream for Uganda is raising $20,000 to create a documentary film and purchase musical instruments for the school. Donors receive everything from a copy of the finished film to their name listed as an associate producer. Neruda partnered with Dream for Uganda in 2013 when the Suubi Youth Dance and Drum Troupe visited Ontario and performed in Toronto, London, Kitchener, St Jacobs and Tobermory successfully raising the fund needed to purchase a bio-stove to heat their school.   

As part of the 2nd annual Waterloo Reads initiative Isabel Cisterna will join a distinguished panel of book enthusiasts on Tuesday October 7th, from 7-9pm, at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex as they defend their choice the 10 top books of 2014. The Ontario Library Association's '10 Champions' consists of a diverse selection of Evergreen-nominated Canadian fiction and non-fiction books. Isabel will try and persuade the panel that her book, The Cat by Edeet Ravel, deserves to be selected. "This is a book that really conveys the experience of trauma and recovery on a very person level. It's sad but also very inspiring."   

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Kultrún: The Sound and Rhythm of World Music

July 11-12, 2014 Neruda Arts presents Kultrún, its new free festival in the Uptown Waterloo Public Square.

As we did with LatinFest, Neruda Arts will once again light up the Public Square with a great line-up of local, national and international artists who draw on traditional forms and expressions to create exciting new hybrid styles of world music. Kultrún is also a family friendly celebration of diversity with workshops, activities, and programming for all ages.

Kultrun is replacing LatinFest but Neruda Arts Artistic Director, Isabel Cisterna promises “the new festival will still have a strong Latin component, but it will also respond to the growing diversity in the Region by featuring world music performers of all genres.”

Artists from Around the World

This year the line up includes urban Latin MC, Boogat, Innu reggae artist, Shauit, Salsa Band, El Gremio, who will perform on both Friday and Saturday night, new generation Mozambican band, Kakana, vallenato band Los Fantasticos, Swedish a cappella group, Kongero, the Jaime Rodriguez Band, international ambassador of hip hop culture, Vox Sambou, Martinican bèlè artist, Stella Gonis, and many other dynamic performances by artists who explore the social and artistic possibilities of multiculturalism and globalization.

This year Kultrún will feature all-ages workshops on dance, music and crafts, storytelling and puppet theatre for children, food and craft vendors, a beer garden, and more! Bring your family to Kultrún and celebrate the diversity and creativity that drives world music!


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