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Confederation Centre of the Arts Invites Alumni Back Home for Founders Week

June 10, 2014

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - With Canada ROCKS!, Searching for Abegweit, and the expansive art exhibition, Oh, Canada all set to open over the next few weeks, things are abuzz across all corners of Confederation Centre of the Arts. Amidst the backdrop of the 2014 celebrations and the Centre's own golden anniversary, there is no better time for an alumni reunion of Confederation Centre friends old and new. Centre staff, cast, crew, and creators from the past 50 years of memories are all invited to reunite in Charlottetown this September 3 to 5 during P.E.I.'s Founders Week.

"There is something magical and memorable about the Island, and I think for many of Confederation Centre alumni, it is that magic they will want to revisit during our Alumni Reunion," says Islander Glenda Landry, a part of the Festival Company since 1970, and a member of the Alumni Week committee.

"Some of our alumni found their first love, ate their first lobster, or saw the ocean for the first time while working with the Centre," she continues, "their Island experiences caused me to fall in love with P.E.I. all over again!"

Anyone who has worked at the Centre, including: the Gallery; The Charlottetown Festival; administration; stage crew; the Confederation Singers and Youth Chorus; dance umbrella; and more, are welcome for an Island weekend of receptions, special events, and good cheer. Along with reconnecting with old friends and meeting many new faces, activities will include a corn boil and mussel supper in Memorial Hall, a pre-show reception and viewing of both Canada ROCKS! and Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM, a post-show gathering at Mavor's, a hospitality suite, and a two-day Open House across the entire Confederation Centre complex.

Those interested should register online at www.confederationcentre.com/alumni where additional information on the alumni weekend is available. Those who register will be able to receive email updates as the itinerary is finalized over the coming weeks. There will be a small administration fee for the weekend, and all alumni are encouraged to share the reunion news with their Centre friends and contacts across the country. If alumni are not able to attend this September's events they can still sign up for updates and Centre news at this same website.

Charlottetown will be bustling throughout Founders Week - August 28 to September 7 - with several P.E.I. 2014 events on offer, including: historical re-enactments featuring the Centre's Confederation Players, daily live outdoor music, an August 30 concert from Canadian music superstar Shania Twain, celebratory fireworks, and the Tall Ships sailing into port, August 28 to 31.

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Photo Cutline: Anne, left, played by Gracie Finlay, and Diana, played by Glenda Landry, in the 1973 production of Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM at The Charlottetown Festival. Landry is part of the Centre's Alumni Week committee, which is welcoming Confederation Centre alums from back home for the weekend of September 3 to 5, 2014 (George Zimbl photography.)

Media contact:

Fraser McCallum, Communications Manager, Confederation Centre of the Arts
T: 902.628.6135 (office)
E: fmccallum@confederationcentre.com
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Confederation Centre of the Arts is Canada's national memorial to the Fathers of Confederation, located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Home to The Charlottetown Festival, this living memorial is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and continues to present the finest in Canadian visual and performing arts, heritage programming, and arts education.