"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Official Launch of EB100 Celebrations in Nova Scotia

Elizabeth Bishop Centenary celebrations will be officially launched in Nova Scotia in just under a month. Our annual birthday party (6 February) is part of these launch celebrations, as well as "Elizabeth Bishop in Words and Music," a wonderful Symphony Nova Scotia concert (10 February) featuring our own wonderful Suzie LeBlanc and the work of three amazing Canadian composers: Emily Doolittle, Christos Hatzis and Alasdair MacLean. In between these two exciting events, we will have our official launch of the whole year, taking place on Elizabeth Bishop's actual birthday, 8 February 2011. The press release below gives all the details.


Official Launch of EB100
The Elizabeth Bishop Centenary in Nova Scotia, 20


February 8, 2011, marks the 100th birthday of the Pulitzer Prize winning poet Elizabeth Bishop. This great poet had deep roots in and an enduring connection with Nova Scotia, her childhood home. Throughout the year the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia and many artists and arts groups will be celebrating Elizabeth Bishop’s life, art and legacy with a series of wonderful tributes, events and activities.


On February 8, 2011, the EBSNS and the artists involved in EB100 events will officially launch the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Celebrations in the Atrium at Pipa Restaurant, 1685 Argyle Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar.

You are invited to join the celebration and hear about the many amazing Elizabeth Bishop events and activities that will take place throughout 2011. Meet some of the wonderful artists (singers, writers, painters, film-makers, composers, photographers, etc.) who will be on hand to talk about their EB100 work.

Some of the fabulous EB Centenary artists who will be present include: Suzie LeBlanc, Dinuk Wijeratne, Susan Crowe, Anne Simpson, Roxanne Smith, Linda Rae Dornan, Adrian Hoffman, Lisa Lindo, John Plant — and many more!!

This launch is part of a week of activities, which also includes:

The annual Elizabeth Bishop Birthday Party and Elizabeth Bishop House fund-raiser, taking place on Sunday, February 6, 2011, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia, at 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, N.S.

“Elizabeth Bishop in Words and Music,” a Symphony Nova Scotia concert featuring renowned soprano Suzie LeBlanc, on Thursday, February 10, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre.


EB100: The Elizabeth Bishop Centenary celebration in Nova Scotia will be a series of events and activities (concerts, lectures, exhibits, readings, kitchen parties, tours, publications, etc.) Because Bishop was born on 8 February 1911 and died on 6 October 1979, events will occur throughout the province and across this time span, but four points during the year — winter, spring, summer and fall — will bring a particular concentration of activity.

In addition to the events in Great Village and Halifax, many artists — writers, musicians, painters, film-makers, photographers, actors, dancers, artisans, etc. — arts groups and universities in Nova Scotia will create events to mark the centenary.

The Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia is Canada’s only society devoted to celebrating the life and art of the poet Elizabeth Bishop. Educating Nova Scotians and the world about her deep and abiding connections to the province is its purpose.

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