Ideas: Powered by Passion returns to the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design tonight (Wednesday, April 25). Initiated in November 2009, the series celebrates creativity and encourages “outside the box” thinking through speech and music. After seeing so many interesting people doing great things in Cape Breton, New Dawn Enterprises decided to bring some of them together with these simple goals: To uncover the passions of our people; to provide an open forum to share their stories; and to inspire one another in ways that are uniquely personal.
Each event begins with a “news bite” — a short presentation by a community member about an interesting project they’re working on, and what motivates them. This is followed by live music from a local musician, who also has the chance to share a little about themselves and their passion for music. And then the keynote speaker takes the podium and has about 18 minutes to share what’s on their mind. After a lively Q & A, the crowd reconvenes to Governors Pub for a “meeting of the minds”, where the speakers, audience and community members mingle and continue the conversation.
Tonight’s keynote speaker is Kate Oland. Why does “Rural” matter?, she asks. Why should we care whether small, rural communities live or die? Oland will look at the myths and stereotypes surrounding rural lifeways, and examine how unchallenged assumptions and outdated cosmologies negatively affect rural communities. She’ll also look at the real value of rural communities – on a practical level, on a philosophical level, and on a species level.
Inspired by numerous personal conversations and her passion for this Island, Leah Noble began the already popular blog, Dream Big Cape Breton. This lively forum is living proof that people are talking about the future of Cape Breton and the big dreams we share and aspire to. Noble will share her passions of writing, story sharing, and community development.
Retired lighthousekeeper, fiddler, and composer, Paul Cranford is well known amongst traditional musicians worldwide. For the past 25 years he has published numerous books of fiddle music, including the five volume Cape Breton Musical Heritage Series. His compositions are played around the world in sessions from Ireland to Tasmania. Paul will be sharing his passion for composing and playing fiddle and the stories that keep him inspired.
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