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This press release announces that an arts festival, the CK Cultural Odyssey will be held in Chatham-Kent, Ontario in October, 2013 as part of the War of 1812 commemorations.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAs part of the local commemoration of the War of 1812, an arts festival, A Cultural Odyssey, will be held. The festival will encompass a wide range of activities, from theatrical performances, to music, art exhibits, a sound and light show, spoken word experiences and much more. Working through the Battle of the Thames committee, which is staging a massive re-enactment of the battle on Saturday, October 5, the Cultural Odyssey committee consists of volunteers from all facets of Chatham-Kents arts scene. Cultural Odyssey committee chairperson Karen Robinet says, this festival will continue to evolve and we are looking forward to hearing from other artists and performers who want to be part of the experience. One of the highlights of the festival will be Theatre Kents production War Finds A Way: Faireld 1813, which will tell the story of the Moravian missions nal four days. This is a fascinating piece of local history which tends to get overshadowed by the death of Tecumseh, said Robinet, who wrote the script. The show will be presented at the St. Clair College Capitol Theatre in partnership with St. Clair College, and will involve at least two community choirs. The St. Clair College Capitol Theatre is honoured to be a part of thishistoricalTheatre Kent production honouring the 1812 bicentennial, said the Capitols technical director Ryan Brink. "Theatre Kent has a great reputation in this community and our crew is excited to nally have the opportunity to work with them. That show will run from October 3 to 5. The Thames Theatre will be holding an encore performance of its show The Second Battle Of The Thames at the Kiwanis Theatre on October 4. On September 29, the Thamesville United Church will host a roast beef dinner and public reading to honour War of 1812 hero Tecumseh. Like A Hero Going Home: The Final Days Of Tecumseh, October 2013 has been written by Marion Johnson with George Henry.

A limited number of tickets are available for $25, and can be reserved by calling 519-692-4827. A public speaking/spoken word evening will be held at the Kiwanis Theatre on September 30, and A Musical Odyssey, featuring a variety of performers will be held at the Kiwanis on October 2. On October 3, the theatre will be the site of the Flames Of War Sound & Light Show, a project of the Niagara Historical Society and Museum. In addition to scheduled events, a variety of exhibits and demonstrations will take place, with further information to be provided at a later date. Committee member Lydia Burggraaf is heading up the visual arts component of the festival and has issued a call to artists. Gallery exhibit space is available for traditional works, she said. We are also looking for site-specic installations and performances throughout Chatham-Kent. Projects being sought would re-frame the politics of the initial 1812 conict within contemporary Canadian society, Burggraaf said. More information on the festival is available online at http://culturalodyssey.wix.com/ 2013, on Facebook by searching CK Cultural Odyssey or by emailing culturalodyssey@battleofthethames.ca or visualarts@battleofthethames.ca. Tickets for events at the Kiwanis and Capitol Theatres will be available through the Cultural Centre box ofce at 519-354-8338 or at www.cktickets.com. -30-

Contact: Karen Robinet 519.350.3851 krobinet@aol.com