New cultural program in Stanstead
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.