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Transforming public space and enjoying the journey

Who doesn’t love to hang out in the good weather and people watch?  That’s something I love doing when I travel and I’m always envious of cities that have great public spaces where people naturally gather.  Place where you can grab a bench, pull up a chair or find a seat in an adjacent café.  Europe is great for those kinds of experiences as is New York City. I often...
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The power of street art to transform communities

The other day I happened to catch a news piece online about a new exhibition called Beyond the Streets , which is the largest exhibition of graffiti and street art ever presented.  The exhibition explores on a large scale how these illegal forms of cultural expression have moved from the fringes to the mainstream and how public attitudes have shifted from negative to positive. ...
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Innovative summer theatre is back in Kingston for a fifth season

Something I look forward to every summer is The Kick & Push Festival that always offers interesting alternatives in terms of summer theatre fare.  Work on this Festival first started in 2014 when City staff reached out to local theatre artists to see if they could come up with something that would help animate the Grand Theatre during the summer months while also attracting artists...
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Hands-on history for 36 years

The story of the iconic log house of the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum spans more a century, but it was 36 years ago that the Reeve of Pittsburgh Township, Hans Westenberg, opened the building as a civically-owned Museum on the grounds of Grass Creek Park. Before it was purchased by the Township, the log house had an interesting history with more than 7 owners until it ended up at 1316...
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Celebrating the diverse texture of Kingston's past, present and future literary arts

Come out to an Evening with Kingston's Poets Laureate on April 30 at the KFPL Central Branch. Kingston has always been a literary city and it has been claimed the first Canadian novel was published here in the 1820s.  Today, Kingston is home to a great number of published writers and it also plays host every year to one of Canada’s favorite literary events, Kingston Writersfest...
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Connecting artists with the Kingston community

One of the main purposes of the Grand OnStage program presented by the City of Kingston is to provide Kingston audiences with opportunities to see artists from across Canada and around the world.  We love having the chance to share these artists with our audiences and we also try to create opportunities for people to meet and learn from these artists as well.  Often those...
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Why culture?

Kingston has long been known as a city that is culturally vibrant.  In fact, when I first started working with the City of Kingston almost 10 years ago, there was already so much going on in terms of music, theatre, art, literature, film, craft and more.  The level of activity that already existed was remarkable but it had also become clear there was more the City could do to...
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Colin Wiginton
Colin Wiginton
Cultural director
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