The Arts

 

Charlottetown was named a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2011. Vibrant culture, lush music and fascinating visual arts greet you at every turn.  The small population produces a rich tapestry of art, inviting artists from across Canada to showcase here, and constantly creating our own uniquely inspired work, thoughtful sounds and sites surround.

The Confederation Centre, Canada’s living monument to the Fathers of Confederation, is the cornerstone of the arts in Charlottetown.  The building itself is a beautiful achievement in Brutalist architecture, creating a distinct landscaped public square, and a fascinating labyrinth of inspired rooms within. It has welcomed some of the most acclaimed artists and performers to its wonderful gallery and world-class stage. The Confederation Centre also runs a cabaret theatre called the Mack.  A throw-back atmosphere, and hosting some of the most popular locally written shows, gives an urban feel to the theatre scene.

On Queen St, the Guild is a hub of activity, with new shows curated constantly in their recently renovated gallery, and a variety of entertainment - cabaret, theatre, concerts - filling their blackbox theatre. This year, the Guild will host the sequel to Anne of Green Gables, Anne & Gilbert.

this town is small, inc. is an artist run non-profit based in Charlottetown that runs workshops, hosts live art events and installations and, in particular, organizes its flagship outdoor art festival Art in the Open.

Commercial galleries abound as well - Details, Past & Present on Victoria Row, and just around the corner, on Great George St, Pilar Sheppard Gallery, and Ellen’s Creek Gallery on North River Rd.

Street life is enriched by public monuments, which mark significant areas of the City.  Elegant, oversized chairs in Kings Square pay homage to Mark Butcher, a highly sought after furniture maker in the 19th century.

In front of the Bishops' Palace, beside St Dunstan's Basilica, is a newly erected monument to the first Bishop of the Diocese of Charlottetown, the Most Rev. Angus Bernard MacEachern

Around the outside of the Confederation Centre are striking sculptures woven into the beautiful landscaping.  There are plenty of benches, if you’ve packed a picnic.

Upcoming Events

2018 Credit Union Music PEI Week
January 25, 2018 to January 28, 2018
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WinterDine
January 25, 2018 to February 10, 2018
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Anne of Green Gables Package