January 18th and 19th 2013 is a weekend many women are looking forward to. It is a night where women from local areas as well as from all over Ontario will meet to feel empowered, inspired, confident and renewed. They will also feel an energetic and enduring sense of community and friendship. They will feel passion and strength over the course of the 2-night event, and everyone will leave having supported a local charity for those in need and also with a tremendous feeling of being connected.
“I attended the Cliterature event last year and it really inspired me as an artist to venture into new territory to express myself as I want, not as others expect,” explains Joscelyn Guindon, a local photographer and belly dancer who will be performing at this years’ event. “Cliterature is so much about discovering and celebrating honesty and strength in women’s’ lives, I am excited to share my dance with the community as my expression of self-acceptance and self-confidence.”
This January will mark the 9th annual Cliterature gathering in Kitchener. This event, created by women, for women, takes place at the Chrysalides Theater and will run from 7:00pm to around 10:00 – 11:00pm on the evenings of Friday January 18th and Saturday January 19th. The program features a range of erotic readings, music, dance, photography and film. All work is original and the performers (all women) follow the theme of “A transformation and artful celebration of women’s sexuality”.
For those who haven’t had the opportunity to attend any of the previous Cliterature events, you can expect to find the doors to the L-Lounge open at 6:00 pm, allowing you to have a drink and mingle with the other guests and or your own companions, and visit the select few vendors who will be showing their art. For this years’ vendors, we look forward to seeing the photography of Girl Crimson, the art of Angela Werstine, the luxurious soaps of KM Creative Dreamer and the delicious chocolate of chocolatier Raine Okum.
Just prior to 7:00pm, the doors at the back of the L-Lounge will open to the 500-and-something seat theatre and at 7:00pm, the first performer will take to the stage. There are approximately 22 performers, 11 going on stage each night making each night a unique experience. If you find yourself arriving after 7, you will be allowed in the theatre but will have to wait until a suitable time to take your seat. The messages that each performer communicates are from the heart and deserve uninterrupted attention from the audience. There is a 20 minute intermission in the program about half way through, with the gathering winding up between 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm.
“I tell people as the show is beginning, to really open up their minds to the guests on stage. If they trust the entertainers and listen to every word being told to them, they will come away so much more enriched. They will also be giving a wonderful gift to the performer. Everyone will be transformed a little more during each performance.” Explains Shelley Secret, the events creator, organizer and M.C. for both nights, “This event is about women’s space; giving everyone the chance for self-expression and connection within the community.”
Women are attracted to the Cliterature event as it really is a transformation of emotion and a celebration of sexuality, but they leave with so much more. “Women feel many things after a night at Cliterature,” reminisces Secrett, “inspired, fulfilled, appreciated, respected, but most of all very connected to the community and to other great women around them. We really want everyone to feel as though they have just had an awesome night out.”
As with every year, all proceeds are being donated to charity. Last year Cliterature raised over $1500.00 for the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASC); this year the benefactor will be the Kitchener Waterloo tri-Pride Festival. Tickets in advance are $15.00 for one night, $25.00 for both nights and can be purchased at Sizzle in Cambridge, Encore Records in Kitchener, and Mom’s Tattoo Shop in Waterloo. They will also be available at the door for $18.00 and $28.00.
The L-Lounge/Chrysalid Theatre is located on the first floor of the Royal Bank building at the corner of Ontario and Duke Streets in Kitchener. Walk into the building and proceed down the main hallway – you can’t miss it! For more information, make sure you check out the Secrett Events page on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/18924804800/?fref=ts, or email [email protected]. For those travelling to the event and looking to stay close by, the Walper Inn on King Street is supporting this event and offering a discounted rate of $99.00 per night!