Four young Winnipeggers "Culture Trade" for a day
If you're like a lot of Manitobans, you live and work in just one language - alongside people that share the same language and interests.
So if you could jump in to the shoes of a different culture for a day, would you?
That's the idea behind Culture Trade, a new CBC Manitoba TV special airing on CBC tonight at 6:30 pm CT.
In celebration of Culture Days, four young Winnipeggers came together and decided to swap places for a day. While they're all up-and-comers on the city's arts scene, they lead very different day-to-day lives.
A Francophone singer, an English-speaking actor, an Aboriginal breakdancer and a Filipino artist took part in the experiment, living a day in the life of an unfamiliar culture.
Rosie Blais was born and raised in St. Boniface, and works primarily in French. For her, Culture Trade was an opportunity to bust some myths that she says are common in her community.
"Growing up as a Francophone, it's kind of drilled in to your mind that the English world is so dominant," says Blais, "so for me it was an opportunity to explore those questions that I had asked throughout my life."
William Jordan works as an actor, and says he had never really considered just how thoroughly English his daily experience can be.
"It's like you visited a new country just by crossing a bridge," laughs Jordan, "for me, it was en excuse to take a vacation without leaving the city."
Tune in: Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. on CBC Television