For the first time in more than a decade, the Edmonton contingent involved in the international Art’s Birthday event comes back to the Old Strathcona neighbourhood, with its irreverent take on culture. This year’s event, presented once again by the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society, takes place Saturday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Old Strathcona Community League (10139-87 Avenue). An art exhibition at the same location starts at 6 p.m.
Performing live at the event, Art’s Birthday Edmonton 2020, will be Blip Vert, frozenlake121, Shawn Pinchbeck, Karl Michael Toepfer, Skrunt Skrunt, Damno Te, Pizzarhea! And SWILL. Videos between sets will include those by Eiduneau, Fecal Point, Mescalin and John Oparyk.
Some of the Artists displaying a variety of their works for the art exhibition starting at 6pm are local artists Leah Wilson, Brenda Philp, and Blane Klack. Come by to view their works, socialize, and inquire about purchasing if there is something that catches your eye.
Art’s Birthday Edmonton previously ran in Old Strathcona at the Scona Pool in 2009, the second time the event was held in the city. It first took place in 2008 at the now-defunct ARTery. Other locations that hosted Art’s Birthday include the Ortona Armoury, Bohemia, Naked Cyber Café and the now-defunct Brittany’s Lounge.
Art’s Birthday originated in 1963 when French surreal artist Robert Filliou declared that art didn’t exist until a million years ago when someone dropped a dry sponge into a pail of water. Choosing his own birthday of Jan. 17 to celebrate the event, Fillious proposed a public holiday in celebration of art. It has since been adopted by participants in more than 20 countries.
Admission to Art’s Birthday Edmonton 2020 is $10 for beams members and $20 for guests who will also receive a free membership.
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