Tuesday, October 28, 2008

CRAFTY CHAT: The Culture Congress at Harbourfront (Nov 14-Nov 16 2008)

The Culture Congress: L'art du CONTACT – how do we make it?
Friday, November 14 – Sunday, November 16, 2008
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Free to Attend!

Harbourfront Centre, in partnership with the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec, the Bureau du Québec à Toronto and PME-ART in Montreal, is thrilled to announce the second edition of The Culture Congress taking place from November 14 through November 16, 2008. The Culture Congress is a forum that brings together local, 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 Québec and Ontario, The Culture Congress poses the question: L'art du CONTACT – how do we make it? This exchange enables contact between people, contact with creative works and coincides with Québec Now!, a Toronto-wide exploration of contemporary arts and culture in Québec. In light of the current political climate, it is even more timely for artists to galvanize as a community to break down borders.

Over the course of three days, creators and culture workers from across Canada 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. Participants will investigate the artist's contact with physical materials, tools, spaces, and language; the many degrees of connection between artistic works and audience; the impact and potential of collaborative processes and interdependence in creative settings; and the issues, challenges, and practices 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 enable exploration into the realities of multidisciplinary approaches.

Registration for The Culture Congress is free. Contact Katherine Grainger, 416-973-4239, or hatch@harbourfrontcentre.com

For additional details visit www.culturecongress.wordpress.com

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. Please the website for details: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/quebecnow/


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