Francophone pop singer Daniel ROA, Michael Nathanson’s play Talk, dancer Freya Olafson’s “duet with technology” called Avatar and a multi-generational art show curated at the Plug In gallery will be part of the blizzard of Manitoba culture that will blow into Ottawa next spring for the Prairie Scene festival.

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Freya Olafson performs in Avatar.

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Freya Olafson performs in Avatar.

Francophone pop singer Daniel ROA, Michael Nathanson’s play Talk, dancer Freya Olafson’s "duet with technology" called Avatar and a multi-generational art show curated at the Plug In gallery will be part of the blizzard of Manitoba culture that will blow into Ottawa next spring for the Prairie Scene festival.

Organizers from the National Arts Centre unveiled some of the programming Friday for the multidisciplinary festival, which will run from April 26 to May 8 in more than 30 venues in Ottawa-Gatineau.

The $2.8-million celebration of Manitoba and Saskatchewan culture, billed as a "Prairie invasion of the nation’s capital," will feature 500 artists in 80 events encompassing music, theatre, dance, visual and media arts, literature, film and culinary arts.

It’s the Prairie region’s turn to have a festival put on by NAC, following Atlantic Scene in 2003, Alberta Scene in 2005, Quebec Scene in 2007 and B.C. Scene in 2009.

Festival programming by some of the biggest Manitoba institutions has been announced previously:

  • the Royal Winnipeg Ballet will dance its new Wonderland;
  • the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will perform for the first time at NAC since 1971 in a program featuring superstar violinist James Ehnes;
  • the major solo show Wanda Koop ... On the Edge of Experience, organized by the Winnipeg Art Gallery in partnership with Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada, will be exhibited; and
  • Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers will perform a mixed program.