Actress Marie-Soleil Dion and writer Dany Laferrière, member of the Académie française, invite you to celebrate the 23rd edition of the Journées de la culture

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 27, 28 and 29, actress Marie-Soleil Dion and writer Dany Laferrière, member of the Académie française, who are ambassadors for the 23rd edition of the Journées de la culture, invite people of all ages to celebrate arts and culture in nearly 350 cities, towns and villages in Quebec!

The theme and common thread of the programming is BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER – Developing Relationships and Building Bridges, and culture lovers will be able to participate in thousands of free activities.

Young people kick off the three-day event As is now the tradition, schools will be the launch pad for the festivities! On Friday, September 27, in more than 1,000 elementary schools in Quebec and the Canadian Francophonie, tens of thousands of children—and their teachers!—standing together in choirs, will sing the words to Elisapie’s song Nous avons marché. There are sure to be highly emotional moments during this fourth edition of Une chanson à l’école.

The artist will take us on a journey of discovery of her culture and language in this original song, where she takes delight in including a couplet and refrain in the Inuktitut language. An instructional guide developed by a teacher in collaboration with the Avataq Cultural Institute suggests ways to enhance the activity. And this year, for the first time, the performances can be enhanced with choreography composed by the PPS Danse troupe!

For their part, students in more than 200 secondary schools, encouraged by a video posted online by comedian and actor Mehdi Bousaidan,will take up their challenge of creating memes. To accommodate the particular context of high school classes, the second edition of J’aime les mots will be held over a one-month period, up until Wednesday, October 30, the day when the memes will be posted online. The activity sponsor will provide a live commentary on the humour and witticisms that young people post online under the #JmLesMots hashtag on social networks (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and which will be relayed to an interactive gallery on the Journées de la culture website. No doubt, this comedian, beloved by teenagers, will add his own two cents’ worth in passing!

Digital at the heart of culture

Bell Digital Component

The public is invited to participate in numerous Bell Digital Component activities held across Quebec. By participating in video game mapping, virtual reality, augmented reality, discovery podcasts, robot programming and creativity with iPads, participants of all ages will be exposed to culture through technologies with unlimited possibilities. Neophytes and experienced technophiles will discover things that will quench their thirst for discovery!

For more information, go to : https://www.journeesdelaculture.qc.ca/en/projects/volet-numerique-bell-2

Particules – Correspondances inattendues

Launched a year ago, the great exchange of poetry combining words and images comes to life again on the Web. Sponsored by writer and slam poet David Goudreault, Particules – Correspondances inattendues will be held live on Twitter on Thursday, September 26, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Invited by Culture pour tous, hundreds of college and university students in all of Quebec’s regions will exchange with 20 professional writers and 30 visual artists who will be online to stimulate the creativity of online participants. The creative outcome of all the text messages posted under the #particules2019 hashtag will be an interactive, conceptual and colourful facilitated activity that viewers can access on the Journées de la culture website.

For more information:  https://www.journeesdelaculture.qc.ca/en/projects/particules-2

Celebrating collaborative activities with #MomentsLaCoop

The #MomentsLaCoop initiative of La Coop fédérée consists in displaying original collective artworks across the province. Combining every artistic discipline, these collaborative creations have something magical about them. For participants, they create a feeling of pride and belonging.

For more information: https://www.journeesdelaculture.qc.ca/en/projects/moments-la-coop-federee-2

General programming

A number of theme-based or geographic area-based tours have been developed to enable the public to discover the myriad activities provided by organizations in each region.

For more information: https://www.journeesdelaculture.qc.ca/en/itineraries

A few events not to be missed in Montreal

Open house at Édifice Wilder – Espace Danse bringing together all of the performance venue’s partners activity

Discover this recently opened venue dedicated to dance, located in the very heart of the Quartier des spectacles. Watch performances and artists’ rehearsals, and participate in courses open to the public and numerous other activities—many of which will be put on by the Agora de la danse (rehearsal of Suites ténébreuses by the Cas Public dance troupe, and a discussion), the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal (public presentations with choreographer Andrea Peña, and rehearsals and classes), Les Grands Ballets (dancers’ class and rehearsal of Carmina Burana with choreographer Edward Clug) and Tangente (rehearsal of the play Nadia, est-ce que ça va ? by Liliane Moussa and Caroline St-Laurent, and a discussion). There will also be a performance of Idem Altera by Peter Trosztmer and Zack Settel, a participatory and immersive experience combining dance and augmented reality.

Friday, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Saturday, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, at 1435 De Bleury Street

Place des Arts

On the Place des Arts Esplanade, on September 27 and 28, two performances of Soirées dansantes will be held, during which there will be an introductory workshop where participants can learn about two different styles (one per evening) and take to the dance floor to the accompaniment of musicians and a DJ. On Sunday, September 29, a Fête famille will offer activities featuring circus artists and creative dance, culminating in a group performance with participants.

Friday, 7:00 pm: Danse du territoire – Premiers Peuples

Saturday, 7:00 pm: Soirée dansante afro-colombienne

Sunday, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm: Fête famille featuring circus performers and creative dance

Maison Théâtre

Les Mots Parleurs

The Maison Théâtre will be open to children and families for a special day focusing on writing, organized in collaboration with the Festival international de la littérature (FIL) and coordinated by Simon Boulerice. In the morning, children aged 6 to 12 will take part in writing workshops with various authors of plays, prose, stories, songs and poetry. Also on the program are stories for toddlers, the creation of a group artwork, and interactive literary activities. At the close of the day, there will be public readings by professional actors of the pieces written by participants. Come and participate in a unique and user-friendly creative process alongside inspiring artists striving to make the children’s words resonate loud and clear!

Saturday 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Maison Théâtre, 245 Ontario Street E.

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM)

Instruments of the Orchestra!

Get-togethers around the Symphony Orchestra’s instruments, including presentations about the instruments, interactive games, mediation activities and musical performances. During the Espace OSM visit and interactive activity, participants will be guided by a series of questions to help them discover and increase their knowledge of the OSM through archived documents, videos and other information sources.

Saturday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Espace OSM (Place des Arts), 1600 Saint-Urbain Street

Radio-Canada

Caisse de son

Radio-Canada invites you to a festive, casual, people-engaging event called Caisse de son, held on the terrace of the Société Radio-Canada building. Whether you come as a family or with friends, be a part of this party created especially for you! Starting at 10:00 am, a very diversified morning program of activities is in store for children, who will mingle with characters from Zone Jeunesse (magician Daniel Coutu, Agent Jean, El Kapoutchi and Alix et les merveilleux). From 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm, Nicolas Ouellet will host a live music show during which 15 Radio-Canada personalities will introduce 11 Quebec artists (Bleu Jeans Bleu, Fanny Bloom, Debbie Lynch-White, Sébastien Ricard, Martine St-Clair, Qualité Motel, Philippe Brach, Émile Proulx-Cloutier and Isabelle Blais, and Samian and Djely Tapa). The main theme of this gathering is bringing people together. You will be blown away by this rich cultural experience.

Sunday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Maison de Radio-Canada, 1400 René Lévesque Blvd. E.

École Paul-Gérin-Lajoie d’Outremont, Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay and Centre culturel Georges-Vanier

Bagages is an activity where teenagers at Paul-Gérin-Lajoie-d’Outremont (PGLO) high school who are newcomers to Montreal can express themselves and take the stage. In drama workshops, theatre performances and interviews where the recently arrived teenagers talk about themselves, participants can listen to their stories about immigrating to and getting settled in a new country. They describe how they came from “elsewhere” and what it was like “before”, and then relate what it is like for them “here in this country” and “now”. These young people talk about their journeys with daunting wisdom, emotions that will make the hardest hearts tremble, and disarming authenticity. On both stage and screen in the drama workshops, participants will discover what it is like to be an immigrant and getting settled in a new country.

Excerpts from the play, facilitation by the PGLO theatre troupe, and a big party open to all.

Sunday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saint-Viateur Park, beside the school

Screening of Bagages, presentation, and discussions with the film crew:

Saturday, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay

Sunday, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Centre culturel Georges-Vanier

La TOHU

Sans Filet !

In this light-hearted initiative at La TOHU, see the raw talent of Quebec’s premier circus artists as they test out their numbers before taking them on the road. This is a rare moment to witness the final stages of an act’s development before it gets performed in front of an awestruck audience! An artistic mediator serves as the link between these performers and you. Get a VIP seat in the front row and discover what today’s—or rather tomorrow’s—circus performers are doing! 

Saturday, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, TOHU, 2345 Jarry Street East

McCord Museum

Artistic Bingo

In a festive setting, artist Sylvain Rivard, along with fellow artists Martin Loft and Andrée Levesque Sioui, will host an artistic bingo in Indigenous languages (Wendat, Mohawk and Abenaki), French and English. This participatory event will be a colourful artistic happening and will combine live performances and artistic creation. It will be a unique opportunity to learn about Indigenous languages. Note that seating for this event is limited and that access to the Museum exhibitions is subject to regular admission fees. Sunday, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, McCord Museum Atrium and Theatre, 690 Sherbrooke Street West

To plan your cultural weekend, visit the website (journeesdelaculture.qc.ca), the Facebook page (facebook.com/journeesdelaculture) and the Twitter feed (@Les_Journees) for the event.

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