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Interesting events taking place in Stratford, Ontario

An interesting series of events is happening in Stratford right now that you may not know about...  
As 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp by Soviet forces, three Stratford cultural institutions are offering incredible programming this summer.     

STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM | Anne Frank - A History for Today  
June 6th to October 12th 2015

Anne Frank - A History for Today at Stratford Perth Museum

Stratford Perth Museum has just installed a new traveling exhibit from the Anne Frank Housein Amsterdam.
This moving exhibit tells the story of Anne Frank and her family over the two year period that they lived in hiding from the Nazis and features new Canadian content that has never been presented before, including narrative exploring the role of Canadian soldiers in the liberation of the Netherlands in 1945. The fact that the Stratford Perth Museum is set in a house brings an interesting feeling to those who explore this exhibit.

The Stratford Perth Museum is pleased to be partnering with the Anne Frank House and the Stratford Festival to present this exhibit to coincide with the Stratford Festival’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank.

For tour and school group bookings, please contact the Stratford Festival at 1-800-567-1600 or 519-273-1600, or email.

In conjunction with this exhibit and the Stratford Festival’s presentation of The Diary of Anne Frank, the Stratford Perth Museum is presenting a five-part Speaker Series. The speakers have been chosen carefully to augment the Anne Frank experience being presented this season in Stratford.

Speakers include:
• Tine Buechler, Family Historian
• Claire Baum, Author and Holocaust Survivor
• Len Rudner, Director of Community Relations and Outreach, Candian Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
• Sara Farb, Actor, Stratford Festival production of The Diary of Anne Frank
• Jason Schwartz, Photographer and Author of The Ghosts That Haunt Us

Visit the Stratford Perth Museum's website to learn more about these incredible speakers.
The series is made possible by generous support from Bradshaws of Stratford.

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL | The Diary of Anne Frank
April 22nd through October 10th 2015
The Avon Theatre 99 Downie Street, Stratford, Ontario

The Stratford Festival presents - The Diary of Anne Frank

Stratford is known by theatre-lovers worldwide for the Stratford Festival. The Festival was started in 1953 by Tom Patterson and theatre performances took place in a tent for many years until the Avon theatre was constructed. Currently, there are 4 theatres located in Stratford that offer a wide selection of theatrical performances. 

The Diary of Anne Frank is the inspirational true story of a Jewish girl and her family hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex in Amsterdam. Innovative staging brings new life to this timeless drama of courage, compassion and the indomitable human spirit.

This production must not be missed... Book your tickets to the Stratford Festival performance of The Diary of Anne Frank here.

Get a round-trip fare from Toronto on Stratford Direct!

Did you know that Stratford Direct offers $20 return-trip fares for coaches departing from Toronto and $40 return trip fares departing from Detroit? Make sure to take advantage of these great prices... You can also mix and match your travel dates so you can either come for the day, an overnight visit or enjoy an extended stay. Please note: Advanced reservations required - you must book your seat on the bus by 11 p.m. the day before your departure for Toronto trips and 2 days before Detroit trips. 

Gallery Stratford - Stratfords' Contemporary Art Gallery   

Fragments; Portraits of Holocaust Survivors by Photographer Jason Schwartz  
54 Romeo Street South, Stratford 
On view now until July 12th 2015

Fragments- Portraits of Holocaust Survivors by photographer Jason Schwartz - at Gallery Stratford

In 2001, Toronto artist and photographer Jason Schwartz was commissioned by the Florida Holocaust Museum to photograph 112 Holocaust Survivors in a Jewish community in Southwest Florida. The exhibit at Gallery Stratford shows each subject photographed in black and white with a hand-written recount of their experiences of survival, love, loss and uncertainty. Heartbreaking, chilling and at times optimistic, these photographs, on the surface look like ordinary people. After reading about their experiences you will never forget them.

Fragments - Portraits of Holocaust Survivors by Jason Schwartz, at Gallery Stratford

Coming up...

Dinner with Artists Jason Schwartz and Jack Winn

Gallery Stratford presents Dinner with the Artists | Thursday June 18th 2015, 6:30pm
Mercer Hall Restaurant

Enjoy a three course seasonally inspired meal prepared by Chef Ryan O'Donnell of Mercer Hall Restaurant and enjoy an exclusive joint artist featuring Toronto photographer Jason Schwartz and Stratford painter Jack Winn. Cost $75 Includes artist talks, dinner and a glass of wine taxes and gratuity. A charitable tax receipt for a portion of the cost will be issued. Get tickets to this event here.

Thank you for taking the time to read about these incredible events that are taking place in Stratford.