Expect the Unexpected.
Let's all be each for equal. #IWD2020
Follow your passion and embark on a journey of discovery celebrating the power of women.
Don’t miss the spectacular designs by Sage Paul, an award-winning artist, designer and recognized leader of Indigenous fashion and textiles, while listening to the sounds of DJ Ariel. Or the live hoop dance featuring Lisa Odjig, who is the first woman in history to win the title of World Champion Hoop Dancer.
Next, take a walk on the wild side and discover animal species that defy human gender expectations. There you can also catch outstanding stand-up comedy by Manifest Destiny’s Child, a collective of Indigenous women sharing their humble and humorous perspectives of getting by in a colonial world.
Meet renowned botanist and exhibition curator Deb Metsger and explore an era of European botanical discovery and its cultural connections in Florals: Desire and Design. This newest installation showcases influential botanical publications and exquisite illustrations from the 1700s alongside stunning Indian cotton fashion pieces, and wall hangings covered with colourful hand-painted flowers. You will also meet other incredible women from the ROM curatorial and research team!
You can join the crowd in the stunning Currelly Galley where KOREA TOWN ACID will be spinning all night, along with a live set by Raging Asian Women, an arts collective of East and Southeast Asian Taiko Drummers. Then enjoy a performance from fire house Femcee Plains Cree artist “The Ra11n” aka Kara Jade, inspired by artists like Aaliyah, Missy Elliot, and Lil’ Kim.
Next door, the great walls of Chen Court will become a canvas, where you can feast your eyes on the powerful virtual works of street artist Erica Balon aka EGR. Inspired by hip hop, and pop culture, her work explores themes of determination, female empowerment and acknowledge women’s ever-changing roles. Then meet illustrators Beckie Di Leo and Annie Naranian who will turn your look into a work of art.
Satisfy your desires with the culinary creations of CORBIN Food & Events and meet Chef Corbin, who has built a loyal following on HGTV and Food Network Canada with shows like Dinner Party Wars and Restaurant Makeover. The ROM After Dark pop up food and drink experiences can be found throughout your journey. Sip Asahi Super Dry, try a unique ROM After Dark cocktail, including “zero-proof” options, or celebrate the classics with local wine and craft cider selections.
A special thanks to our program partner: ANDPVA, the Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts.
The following galleries will be open during this #ROMAfterDark event:
Gallery of Chinese Architecture
Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs
Reed Gallery of the Age of Mammals
Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity
Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth’s Treasures
European Special Exhibitions Gallery, Florals: Desire and Design (last entry 10:30 pm)
Other non-gallery spaces include: Hyacinth Gloria Chen Court, Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery, The Historic Rotunda, Peter F. Bronfman Hall, Eaton Court