• Paddy Gillard-Bentley

Spring brings hope!

This year has been difficult for everyone, but spring is a season that brings hope – hope that there is a light at the end of this long tunnel, and hope that you are all safe and well, and not cutting your own hair.

In the words of Pablo Neruda,

All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are. And we must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence in order to reach the enchanted place where we can dance our clumsy dance and sing our sorrowful song”.

All of us at Neruda Arts have not stopped creating, producing and presenting. We've adapted to COVID-19, and when things are safer for us all, we shall hit the ground running. We are busy designing an exciting year - ready to shift, change and modify our programming as restrictions lift, and life returns to something approaching normal.

Because of COVID-19, in order to re-evaluate our role as presenters in the Waterloo Region, we have focused on supporting the artists in more interesting ways. ​

Exciting News!

Thanks to the generous folks at Quarry Marketing in St. Jacobs, and grants from the Waterloo Region Arts Fund and Heritage Canada, Neruda Sound on Sound (SOS), a recording studio, among other things, will soon become a reality. We feel an affordable studio is needed in the region. Providing a space for artists to create - (audio and visual), will augment their visibility as an artist, heighten their profile, increase their audience and level the playing field. ​ KULTRÚN WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL is being moved to the fall. We will present live events (fingers crossed), but on a smaller scale. The extra months will afford us time – time for people to heal, time for people to be safe in numbers. We will also be adding some wonderful hybrid events online – but always, with a difference. We have some amazing music and interactive workshops in mind. AND STILL SHE PERSISTS will be video presentations of women in music in the Waterloo Region, with a particular focus on BIPOC, and other marginalized women.

These are just a few of the things to come.