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Digging Up Dirt at FUNDHY from May 5 to 9

Get ready for the inaugural year of the Fundamentally Human Festival, or FUNDHY for short.

The Faculty of Arts will push the limits in this trans-disciplinary festival of arts and ideas. The theme for each year will be timely, provocative and stimulate a range of creative, critical and intellectual responses.

The 2015 Festival focuses on “dirt.” Yes, you read that right. At first glance, dirt is boring and mundane; but if you dig harder (excuse the pun), “dirt” can be a substance, medium, idea, metaphor, analogue, slang and allusion. The wide suggestive scope will be explored in a range of engaging intellectual, artistic and cultural activities.

  • May 5: Provocative cultural theorist and public intellectual Mark Kingwell talks dirt at the Martha Cohen Theatre. Admission is FREE.
  • May 6: Panel Discussion: Dirt Talk Live!, moderated by culture critic and aesthetic raconteur Trevor Boddy, will provoke, challenge and pry-open the minds of four “smart people” as they explore the meanings of “dirt” in a range of moving, disturbing, amusing or profound images. Admission is FREE.
  • May 7: The Quick and Dirty Student Conference. Admission is FREE.
  • May 7: Film Night at The Globe, showing award-winning Gomorrah. Admission is FREE.
  • May 8: Hosted on location at The Hub, The Cabaret is an evening with Garter Girls; Dirty Laundry; lounge singer Carmen Patterson, accompanied by Tom Doyle; DJ Sublight; poetry reading; book excerpt readings and many more! Admission is $10.

For more information or to get your Eventbrite tickets, visit

FUNDHY is presented in partnership with the Faculty of Arts, Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic and Office of the President; Alberta College of Art and Design; Globe Cinema; Arts Innovation Fund; and Humanities Innovation Fund.

FUNDHY Dirt Road