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Catch the Quilt of Belonging Before It's Gone!

Blog/NewsAugust 8th 2017
Rachel Connell

Comprissed of 263 blocks representing Canada's main Indigenous groups and every world nation, the Quilt of Belonging is an incredibly unique and intricate piece of collaborative work that will be on display in the Cotton Factory until August 16th. While the space has been home to a variety of different music, arts and community events throughout the summer, if you haven't had a chance to see it, you're not too late. Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association has partnered with the Cotton Factory to bring even more fun to the space with Peace by Piece: Stitching Together Canadian Stories.

"The Quilt of Belonging is an invitation for all cultures to celebrate their common humanity and find their unique place in the Canadian mosaic."

The multi-talented Esther Bryan describes the quilt as "an amazing medium to work in [...] they express comfort and shelter, as well as beauty. Quilting is a wonderfully uplifting metaphor for making something whole of many pieces." With a variety of programming fit for all ages, each day at the Cotton Factory brings to life a different kind of magic and expression. Check out the listings for the rest of the exhibit:

Wednesday, August 9th

Community Yoga Flow (Registration Required)


Thursday, August 10th

Getting Acquainted with the Ireland Family 

Clay Making with Glenhyrst Art Gallery 

Women of War (Registration Required)

Friday, August 11th

Moveable Paper Puppets

Diamond DJ Collective (Dance Party - Ticket Required)

Saturday, August 12th

Creativity 101 Making & Filling the Pages: A workshop to teach you how to make a simple leather or felt photo album!

Afro-Caribbean Movement: Learn choreography from a professional dancer in movement and improvisation with live music (Registration and Payment Required)

Bonga & the Vodou Drums of Haiti with cellist Rufus Cappadocia (Ticket Required)

Sunday, August 13th


Traditional Arts and Crafts: create your own art based on traditional Ohnkwehonweh/Haudensaunee methods and designs (Registration and Payment Required)


Social Song and Dance: listen and learn as traditional knowledge keepers drum, sing and dance Ohnkwehonweh/Haudensaunee social songs and share the significance of each song/dance (Registration and Payment Required) 

Monday, August 14th

Local, Sustainable Wool 

Introduction to Botancial Illustration (Registration Required)

English Paper Piecing 

Tuesday, August 15th

Telling Tales: Itah Sadu (Registration Required)

Global Voices, Local Stories 

Wednesday, August 16th

Mindful Movement and Sacred Sound Bath (Registration Required)

The Art of Communication 

Be sure to let us know if you make it out to any of these events, we'd love to see you tweeting along @933CFMU or @CFMULive with our DJs on the air. The Quilt of Belonging is a wonderful way to celebrate our community here in Hamilton and abroad as Canadians in an inclusive and creative space. Explore the talents that this exhibit has to offer and hold on to the summer spirit a little bit longer before heading back to school.

Featured Photo by Phoebe Taylor