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Performance Anxiety
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posted 19 August 2004 12:08 AM      Profile for Performance Anxiety        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Quebec has an amazing cultural event every September called the Journees de la Culture. Basically artists open shop for a few days and share their craft with the public, who are invited to learn more and participate. It is a great educational opportunity, and builds bridges between artists and their communities:

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Trois grosses journées


Les 24, 25 et 26 septembre 2004

Le milieu des arts et de la culture vous prépare Trois grosses journées! Venez profiter des nombreuses activités gratuites pour explorer les coulisses d’un musée, rencontrer des écrivains, voir le travail d’un verrier, d’un artiste peintre, visiter un site archéologique, participer à une œuvre collective, faire du trapèze, jouer au théâtre, rencontrer des musiciens, faire une sculpture, taquiné le violon, manipuler des marionnettes, apprendre la généalogie… Tout ça et plus encore en seulement trois journées…mais des grosses! La programmation complète sera disponible sur ce site à la fin du mois d’août.

Les porte-parole Sylvie Moreau et Melissa Auf der Maur convient les familles à ce grand festin de découvertes et de valorisation des arts et de la culture sur le territoire de 285 municipalités du Québec. Des centaines d’artistes, d’artisans et d’organismes culturels participeront à ce grand rendez-vous de la rentrée pour faire connaître leur travail et vous faire vivre des expériences inusitées.

L’an dernier, plus 254 000 personnes ont profité des Journées. Créées en 1997, les Journées de la culture ont pour but de valoriser, renforcer et accélérer la démocratisation de la culture au Québec en encourageant l’accès et la fréquentation de l’art et de la culture au plus grand nombre par des communications directes avec les artistes, artisans et les travailleurs culturels.


Un gros week-end en perspective!


I was wondering if other provinces have similar inclusive province-wide cultural events of this nature.


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Performance Anxiety
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posted 22 September 2004 02:04 AM      Profile for Performance Anxiety        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Here's a good article in Concordia's The Link:

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Journées de la culture, the Quebec-wide arts and culture extravaganza, will be taking the province by storm this upcoming weekend.

In its eighth incarnation, the festival will be offering close to 1,200 activities, exhibitions and workshops in all corners of la belle province Sept. 24 to 26. Events range from a discussion on intellectual property at Studio XX to a flamenco dancing workshop held by the Montreal Flamenco Academy.

"The 2004 program is a reflection of the dynamism and commitment of its creators," says the festival's founder and executive director, Louise Sicuro. "It is diversified and offers a range of experiences in all kinds of venues, featuring artists and artisans from here or abroad, in all artistic fields. Together, these creators and cultural workers have decided to welcome the public into their space and dialogue with them, explain and show their work by offering free activities so that each and every citizen can take part in the festivities."

Journées de la culture is a unique happening, the only of its kind in all of North America. It reaches into as many as 289 Quebec communities the last weekend of every September, and has proven quite successful. Last year, 254,000 people attended Journées; this year, another 30 or so communities signed up to host events.

The organizers believe that "culture is everyone's right and belongs to us. [...] Everyone must have access to culture, to understand and share in it, so as to enrich and stimulate their own creativity." This is the basis from which the three-day festival sprung forth in 1996, and why it continues to grow.


It looks like Quebec is at least a decade ahead of its neighbours in regards to culture.


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inukjuak
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posted 22 September 2004 12:01 PM      Profile for inukjuak   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Performance Anxiety:
Quebec has an amazing cultural event every September called the Journees de la Culture.

Donovan, you need to edit the URL in this link so it works. The accented e in journéesdelaculture.qc.ca breaks the link, but it works fine with an unaccented e in its place: Corrected journéesdelaculture.qc.ca link


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Performance Anxiety
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posted 22 September 2004 03:52 PM      Profile for Performance Anxiety        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Cheers for that! Incidentally, for the 1000th time my name is not "Donovan". I prefer to keep my real identity concealed for health & safety purposes.

Well, let the cultural celebrations begin in la belle province!! Anyone in Quebec is encouraged to visit the events and talk about them here. What did you see? What did you learn? Did you get inspired to go out and create your own culture?


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