African Heritage Month, the Halifax Explosion, traditional Chinese flute music, the Battle of Vimy Ridge and an 1867 period costume show are the topics to be featured in the upcoming Evenings at Government House public event series hosted by the lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia.
“As we celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation, it is my honour and privilege to host the Winter 2017 series of Evenings at Government House, where the public will have the opportunity to learn about the interesting history and immense talent that exists in Nova Scotia,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. “Mrs. Grant and I invite the public to join us for these evenings at Government House, the ceremonial home of all Nova Scotians.”
The events are free. The address is 1451 Barrington St., Halifax. People can register online at lt.gov.ns.ca or by calling 902-424-7001.
Registration for each event will open two weeks before, on a first-come first-served basis. Visit http://lt.gov.ns.ca for further details.
Scheduled events are:
— a presentation on this year’s African Heritage Month theme of Passing the Torch – African Nova Scotians and the Next 150 Years by David Divine, former James Robinson Johnston chair in Black Canadian Studies and professor of social work at Dalhousie University, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7-8:30 p.m.
— a performance by The Sanctified Brothers of their innovative and stirring gospel music, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7-8:30 p.m.
— a recital of traditional Chinese flute music by Buning Liu, member of the China Nationalities Orchestra Society, Tuesday, March 14, 7-8:30 p.m.
— a presentation on the Halifax Explosion Relief Commission by David Sutherland and Barry Cahill, Tuesday, March 28, 7-8:30 p.m.
— a presentation on the Battle of Vimy Ridge, by Christopher Bell, professor of history at Dalhousie University, Tuesday. April 11, 7-8:30 p.m.
— a commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, by graduating students of the Costume Studies Program at the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University who will stage 1867 historical reproductions, Tuesday, April 25, 7-8:30 p.m.