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The Culture Congress: L’art du CONTACT – how do we make it?

Fri, Nov 14/08 to Sun, Nov 16/08

Harbourfront Centre, in partnership with ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec, Bureau du Québec à Toronto and PME-ART in Montreal, is thrilled to announce the second edition of The Culture Congress taking place in Toronto from November 14 to 16, 2008.  The Culture Congress is a forum that opens up Ontario’s lively artistic community to the world, connecting artists from a wide array of creative disciplines to national and international cultural communities for an exchange of ideas, skills, and information.

For this latest edition, in recognition and support of the existing and the continued development of interactions among creative communities in Quebec and Ontario, The Culture Congress asks L’art du CONTACT – how do we make it? The Congress enables contact between people, contact with creative works and coincides with Québec Now!, an in-depth investigation of contemporary arts and culture in Quebec. In light of the current political climate, it is even more timely for us to galvanize as an artistic community to break down borders.


Over the course of three days, you and other creators and culture workers connected to multiple disciplines from across Quebec, Ontario, the rest of the country and abroad will be challenged through a series of workshops, round-table discussions, and dialogue. Provocative questions will evolve in consideration of the many facets of making contact. Together, we will investigate the artist’s contact with physical materials, tools, spaces, and language; the many degrees of connection between artistic works and audience;  the impacts and potential of collaborative processes and interdependence in creative settings; and the issues, challenges, best practices and obstacles related to the Québec-Ontario cultural and artistic cooperation. The diversity of perspectives born of each artistic genre on each side of the inter-provincial border will not only add to the vibrant nature of the conversations, but help us all to explore the realities of multidisciplinary approaches.

To further contextualize the scheduled events, participants of The Culture Congress are also encouraged to attend performances taking place during the forum: Bashir Lazhar by Evelyne de la Chenelière, La Pornographie des âmes by Dave St-Pierre, and The Montreal Stockhausen Project, all part of Québec Now!, in addition to other local events and exhibitions.

Tina Rasmussen, Director of Performing Arts / Artistic Director, World Stage
Laura Nanni, Artistic Associate, Performing Arts / Producer, The Culture Congress

More details concerning events, speakers, and workshops will become available in the weeks to come. Please click here for more information.