Events & Programs

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Thursday Mar 21

March 21, 2019
2:30PM - 3:30PM
Film
First presented at the South African Pavilion during the 2017 Venice Biennale, this three-channel video is a meditation on slavery's dismemberment of African identity. Each video portrays an individual whose boat is slowly sinking as they offer no resistance. It is a poetic confrontation of slavery's erasure of personal histories and the expendability of life. Although rooted in the history of colonialism in South Africa, the work resonates with Newfoundland's little-known connection to the slave trade. Low grade salt cod was exported in the 1800s to feed slaves, indentured labourers and, later, free workers in the Caribbean. IMAGE: Mohau Modisakeng. Still from "Passage" (2017). Digital film projection. Image courtesy of the artist.

Friday Mar 22

March 22, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
Film
Filmed right here, An Audience of Chairs sold out in record time as the Opening film of SJIWFF29. We welcome you to join us for a special encore screening of this award-winning film, directed by Deanne Foley (Relative Happiness), as a part of our Scene and Heard Film Industry Conference. This universal story of the redemptive power of a mother's love is adapted from the popular, award-winning novel, "An Audience of Chairs" by Joan Clark. Maura Mackenzie (Carolina Bartczak) believes the world is hers to conquer. With her career as a concert pianist gaining momentum, it seems her beauty and talent will be strong enough to mask the demons that threaten to engulf her. But with an absent husband (Chris Jacot) and two young daughters at home, her precarious sanity begins to unravel until one summer day, burning with manic energy, she makes a terrible mistake - a mistake that will change her life forever. The consequences for Maura are catastrophic: her ambitious husband runs for his life, taking the children with him, leaving Maura to lapse into a full-scale breakdown. Life as she knew it is now over. With the help of her father, Ian (Peter MacNeill), Maura works to reclaim her life and waits for a miracle to bring her daughters home. But when the fates align, can the past be forgiven? Director Deanne Foley joins us for a special Q&A following the screening. Presented in partnership with the Directors Guild of Canada. For more information on upcoming events and film screenings, please visit: https://www.womensfilmfestival.com/sceneandheard

Sunday Mar 24

March 24, 2019
2:00PM - 4:00PM
Family
Uncover family stories that haven't been shared in generations and watch your family history unfold with fun conversation card games, create a family tree; or create a postcard to send to someone near and dear to you.

Tuesday Mar 26

March 26, 2019
10:30AM - 11:30AM
Family
Bring your tot along every Tuesday and join us for Big Fun. The program - designed for children aged 2-4 years - features stories, songs, puppets, games and crafts for tots and their guardian. Afterward, head upstairs to The Rooms Café for a complimentary tea or coffee and a chance to visit with other adults.

Wednesday Mar 27

March 27, 2019
7:00PM - 8:00PM
This intimate event held in The Rooms Theatre features this year's three shortlisted authors who will each read from their finalist publications before a short audience Q&A session. Guests and audience members are invited to stay for a short reception hosted by ArtsNL, following the event. Copies of finalist publications will be available for sale through The Rooms Gift Shop. The 2018 BMO Winterset award winner will be announced at Government House on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Presented in collaboration with ArtsNL - Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.

Thursday Mar 28

March 28, 2019
2:30PM - 3:30PM
Lecture
This year represents two important anniversaries in the relationship between Canada and Newfoundland: it was 150 years ago that Newfoundland turned its back on the Confederation project that began in 1864 and opted to pursue a separate destiny in North America for the next eight decades, and 70 years since it voted to join Canada as the tenth province. Please join Dr. Raymond B. Blake, Professor, Department of History, University of Regina for a presentation which examines moments of that exhilarating and tumultuous history of Newfoundland's relationship with Canada and offers a glimpse into decisions made by the women and men who voted for union in 1948. It looks briefly at the relationship between Newfoundland and the Canadian Government after 1949.

Friday Mar 29

March 29, 2019
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Performance
Come see fashions from more than 20 nationalities at our first ever Multicultural Fashion Show. Designed by PARTAKES' Creative Sewing Atelier class, these beautiful creations represent the many diverse cultures within our Canadian community. Visitors are encouraged to participate by dressing in all-black and by adding an accessory that symbolizes your country of origin. Enjoy live music and stop by to have your picture taken with a Merb'y. This event is free to attend, all are welcome. Image: Taqwa Mahmood. Multicultural fashion show. Water colour on paper, 2019.

Sunday Mar 31

March 31, 2019
2:00PM - 4:00PM
Family
Drop by with the family and get a little foolish! Try your hand at making faked potatoes, pop-pom mice and moustaches on a stick, just in time for April Fool's Day. All materials are supplied.

Monday Apr 1

April 1, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
Workshop
Excited about getting to know your ancestors? This half-day workshop is an introduction to Genealogy and will provide an orientation to the archives' extensive genealogical collection. It will also acquaint participants with practical online resources that can be used for family tree research. The workshop costs $45 and pre-registration is required. 10% Discount for members. The cost includes a permanent researcher registration number for The Rooms Provincial Archives and coffee break. To register, please contact Visitor Services at 757-8090. For more information on the workshop schedule and content, please contact Joy Barfoot at 757-8092 or email joybarfoot@therooms.ca

Tuesday Apr 2

April 2, 2019
10:30AM - 11:30AM
Family
Bring your tot along every Tuesday and join us for Big Fun. The program - designed for children aged 2-4 years - features stories, songs, puppets, games and crafts for tots and their guardian. Afterward, head upstairs to The Rooms Café for a complimentary tea or coffee and a chance to visit with other adults.

Wednesday Apr 3

April 3, 2019
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Women from all walks of life looked towards the heavens and thought, "I want to fly!" Wanita Bates will introduce you to them all, from a dental assistant to a 16 year old schoolgirl, a social worker, heiress and British royalty. Regular admission fees apply to this program.