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BLM Sudbury hosts 'Culture Matrix' festival on Saturday

Black and Indigenous arts festival to be held Aug. 13 on Durham St., with a free portion during the day and ticketed performances at Place des arts in the evening
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You can purchase your tickets as well as merchandise for Black Lives Matter Sudbury’s Culture Matrix, happening Aug. 13.

If you’re looking for local performers, those who are building careers all over the country, as well as an introduction to musicians, artists and cultures that you may not be familiar with, head down to Durham Street on Sat. Aug. 13 for Black Lives Matter Sudbury’s Culture Matrix, their new arts festival.

"When curating the programming for Culture Matrix, we took into consideration what the arts and culture scene in Sudbury is missing,” the board of Black Lives Matter told in an email. “We selected local and national performers who are making waves across Turtle Island for their unique performance art.”

In keeping with the themes of the event, healing, kinship and celebration, the event, which starts at noon outside on Durham Street, will feature free activities such as group yoga and art workshops to build a sense of belonging among all who attend.  

“We wanted to include artists that embody values of community, joy, and cultural celebration; artists that aren’t traditionally recognized within a Northern Ontario landscape; artists who bring a new perspective to the industry,” the board continues. “Spearheaded by the next generation of cultural producers in the North, Culture Matrix is creating a safer space for new wave arts, culture, and community-centered programming."

Black Lives Matter Sudbury recently released the full lineup for their ticketed concert event, happening the evening of Aug. 13 at Downtown Sudbury’s Place des arts. 

Starting at 7 p.m. it’s time for Celebration with acclaimed performers including a number of Juno award winners including headliner, Haviah Mighty, Juno-award winning artist and Canadian rapper, Naya Ali, Drag King Prince Manny Dingo and new addition, Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie, a Pow-Wow singer/song maker and Men's Traditional Dancer who incorporates traditions and modern sounds into his music. 

All evening performances will be held at Place des arts, located at 27 Larch. The celebration portion of the programming is ticketed, starting at $10 for Black, Indigenous, and POC Youth (13-25 years old – presale special only) and $20 for general admission ahead of the concert, $25 at the door. (There will only be a small number of tickets available at the door.)

Youth 12 and under receive free admission.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here, or for more information, visit the Black Lives Matter Sudbury website, found here

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