Fes­ti­val show­cases Aca­dian cul­ture, mu­sic

Le Con­seil des arts de Chéti­camp launches 16th sea­son on Wed­nes­day

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS / ENTERTAINMENT / TV HIGHLIGHTS - CHETICAMP

Le Con­seil des arts de Chéti­camp will launch its 16th sea­son this week with a se­ries of per­for­mances show­cas­ing Aca­dian cul­ture, her­itage, mu­sic and dance.

The first show of 2015 will be Le Grand Chady, from July 8-22, and will show­case tra­di­tional Aca­dian mu­sic, songs and dance, of­fer­ing lo­cals a chance to con­nect again with old favourites while wel­com­ing visi­tors into the heart of Chéti­camp’s cul­ture.

The de­but of Aloha, l’Acadie fol­lows from July 30-Aug. 2 and from Aug. 2-5 and prom­ises a taste of Aca­dian cul­ture and cui­sine through a three­act play and three-course meal of tra­di­tional Aca­dian dishes.

The play will be a din­nerthe­atre com­edy fea­tur­ing favourite char­ac­ters from past lo­cal pro­duc­tions who set off for a hol­i­day in Hawaii, where noth­ing goes as planned.

Le Grand Cer­cle re­turns Aug. 13-16 af­ter selling out a 750-seat au­di­to­rium for the en­tire run when it de­buted in 2004.

De­scribed as a sweep­ing, spec­tac­u­lar mu­si­cal, it tells the story of Chéti­camp, be­gin­ning be­fore the ar­rival of Euro­pean set­tlers, jour­ney­ing through the tragedy of the de­por­ta­tion and other turn­ing points in the Aca­dian past, and end­ing with a new, never-be­fore-seen fi­nal scene.

The 60-per­former pro­duc­tion cap­tures 400 years of history, hu­mour and heartache as a por­trait of a peo­ple and a place.

Go online to www.con­seilde­sarts­decheti­camp.ca or phone 902-224-1876 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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