New cul­tural pro­gram in Stanstead

Sherbrooke Record - - TALK - Record Staff

The Cen­tre des Arts de Stanstead is launch­ing its first sea­son of cul­tural events on Nov. 18. Each month the peo­ple of Stanstead and the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties will be in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in cre­ative work­shops, movies en­hanced with spe­cial artis­tic ac­tiv­i­ties, and shows.

The Cen­tre des arts de Stanstead, which in­cludes Ye Olde Black­smith Art Gallery and the Bor­der The­atre, is an ini­tia­tive of writer/pho­tog­ra­pher Gabriel Safdie.

The cul­tural cal­en­dar was pre­pared by Safdie with the help of Her­itage Canada as well as var­i­ous part­ners in Stanstead in­clud­ing Stanstead Col­lege, Sun­ny­side El­e­men­tary School, The Com­mu­nity Learn­ing Cen­tre and lo­cal prop­erty owner Jean Lemieux.

Although the up­com­ing events are aimed at all cit­i­zens, they will fo­cus on spe­cific age groups through­out the sea­son.

Be­cause the Bor­der The­atre, one of the in­tended venues for the Cen­tre des Arst events is not yet ren­o­vated, lo­cal part­ners will play host to the ac­tiv­i­ties and events in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions through­out Stanstead.

On Sun­day, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. the arts cen­tre will present a cre­ative work­shop, “Cre­ate a Blan­ket for your Teddy Bear”, fol­lowed by a screen­ing of the movie “Padding­ton 2”, in the mu­sic room at the Sun­ny­side El­e­men­tary School.

The sched­ule will con­tinue on on Satur­day, Nov. 24 with a Cuban Jazz show fea­tur­ing pi­anist Ju­lian Gu­tier­rez and his quar­tet, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bar Sans Fron­tières on Duf­ferin Street near the bor­der. On the af­ter­noon of Dec. 2, Stanstead Col­lege stu­dents will host mem­bers of the Sankofa per­cus­sion and dance com­pany, who will be hold an African drum­ming work­shop.

Round­ing out the first part of the sea­son will be Choromondo choir Direc­tor Al­lyna Har­ris. She will give a choir work­shop in the Nev­er­was Church on rue Prin­ci­pale Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m. The movie The Cho­rus will be screened fol­low­ing the work­shop.

Ac­tiv­i­ties will re­sume in Jan­uary and will be an­nounced at that time.

Fol­low­ing a per­for­mance by the Mon­treal Hard Bop Five on Jan. 19, other events planned for the new year in­clude a hip hop de­mon­stra­tion, a con­fer­ence on an­i­mated cin­ema, a cre­ative writ­ing ac­tiv­ity and sev­eral movie screen­ings.

The sea­son will come to a close with an event at the Stanstead Stone cir­cle. Chore­og­ra­pher Elise Le­grand and 5 dancers will be ac­com­pa­nied by a group of 10 mu­si­cians play­ing East-euro­pean mu­sic.

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