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09/11/2018
Catalan live arts land in Quebec
Catalan live arts land in Quebec

● The Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC) and Institut Ramon Llull (IRL) are organising a joint mission to Quebec in November to facilitate the participation of Catalan professionals and artists at the festivals M pour Montréal, Mundial Montréal and the CINARS Bienniale.

● The Catalan bands The Zephyr Bones and Núria Graham will be performing at the M pour Montréal music festival, and Aurora and Marinah will perform at Mundial Montréal. Moreover Compañía de Circo “eia” will be performing at CINARS as part of the oficial showcase programme.

● The artistic programme will be complemented by a Catalan stand at CINARS and a panel between Catalan and Québec organisations at CINARS. Likewise, a conference on the Catalan music scene is organized at the Montreal World Festivals and M pour Montréal.

The Catalan Ministry of Culture, through the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC), and its Catalan Arts internationalisation brand, with the Institut Ramon Llull, is organising a mission to Quebec in November to facilitate the participation of Catalan professionals in CINARS, a bienniale of performing arts and music, and the music festivals M pour Montréal and Mundial Montréal, and to provide support for the shows by the programmed Catalan groups.

The Compañía de Circo "eia" and a delegation of Catalan professionals will be at CINARS, an international bienniale of performing arts, from 12 to 17 November

A stand organised by the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC), based on its Catalan Arts internationalisation brand, will be hosting a delegation of Catalan programmers, festivals and artists at the fair from November 12 to 17 at the CINARS Biennale. The Catalan booth will offer a comprehensive image of the sector and will help Catalan professionals carry out their activities at the event.

CINARS is one of the world's most important international meeting points for the performing arts. Since its inception in 1984, CINARS has been bringing together around 1,500 professionals from more than 40 countries in Montreal. It has presented around 360 shows and has programmed more than 20 official showcases for professional audiences.

The Catalan performing arts will also be present in this year's official CINARS showcase programme. The Compañía de Circo “eia” has been selected to present its show inTarsi before the accredited professional audience at 2:30 pm on 14 November.

In addition, the panel discussion Coups de foudre, Catalonia - Québec / Love at first sight, Catalonia-Quebec, will take place between 4:30 pm and 6 pm on 14 November. This will be a conversation between performing arts professionals from Catalonia and Quebec, in which they will discuss their experiences as festivals, companies and theatres. They will also present the collaborative projects they have carried out over the years and the challenges that they have to face. The participating speakers include: Àngels Margarit, from the Mercat de les Flors theatre; Tena Busquets, from Sismògraf; Francine Bernier, from Agora de la danse; Ricard Soler Mallol, from the company Obskené; Olivier Bertand, from La Chapelle–Scènes Contemporaines; Pep Pla, from the TNT Festival; and Celine Coutable, from La Serre - arts vivants and OFFTA. The discussion will be chaired by Antònia Andúgar, from the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies, and Teresa Carranza, from the Institut Ramon Llull.

Marinah and Aurora - at the Mundial Montréal festival from 13 to 16 November

The singer Marinah and the band Aurora will be performing at the eighth Mundial Montréal festival, one of North America's leading musical events, from 13 to 16 November. With an extensive programme focusing above all on world music, every year Mundial Montréal welcomes many professionals from the industry, particularly from Quebec, Canada and the United States.

The Zephyr Bones and Núria Graham will be at the M pour Montréal festival from 14 to 17 November

From 14 to 17 November, the psychedelic rock band The Zephyr Bones and the folk-tinged singer-songwriter Núria Graham will be part of the programming of the M pour Montréal festival, which is being held for the thirteenth time this year. This professional event, which takes place in a conference and festival format, has established itself as one of the major international new music events, and is a central part of Montreal's cultural life. Every year, it brings together more than 200 professionals from the sector from around twenty countries, and provides a sample of new approaches in pop-rock and techno music.

At just 16 years old, Núria Graham surprised us all with her debut EP First Tracks (self-produced, 2013). The Vic singer-songwriter has surpassed all expectations since then, and become one of the most promising artists on the local scene. After releasing several albums, her impeccable career has become firmly established with Does It Ring a Bell? (El Segell, 2017)—a mature, sound and evocative second LP that explores the avenues of psychedelic music and those of rock, pop and folk.

The Barcelona quartet The Zephyr Bones have found the formula to immerse the listener in a niche of melancholy psychedelic pop surf pop they have carefully constructed: although they began playing together in 2015, they did not release their debut album, Secret Place, until late 2017.

The music festivals’ artistic programme will be complemented by the panel, Catalonia, a Thriving Land for Music, on the Catalan music scene. The objective is to promote the strategic marketplaces in Catalonia and to share information with international professionals about the Catalan music scene and how to access it. The panel will take place on November 16th featuring the participation of David Ibáñez, from Fira Mediterrània; Oriol Roca, from the Mercat Música Viva in Vic; and Marta Salicru, from Time Out Barcelona. The discussion will be chaired by Xavier Cester, from the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies.

In order to raise the profile of Catalan professionals and artists, a promotional booklet has also been published. This will be included in the official bag that will be given to all the accredited professionals at M pour Montréal, and it will be distributed at the accreditation desk of Mundial Montréal and the Catalan stand at CINARS. It is also available in digital format on the website catalanarts.cat.

The institutions participating in this mission to Montreal are:

Art Republic, Aurora, Balaio Producciones, Ciatre, Compañía de Circo “eia”, the Eufònic Festival, Festival TNT, FiraTàrrega, Fira Mediterrània de Manresa, the Grec Festival, the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies, Institut Ramon Llull, L’Estruch Fàbrica de creació de les arts en viu, La Castanya, La Companyia del Príncep Totilau, La Fura dels Baus, La Petita Malumaluga, Marinah, Mercat de les Flors, Mercat de Música Viva de Vic, Núria Graham, Obskené, Primavera Labels, Roca Umbert, Sismògraf, Taller de Músics, the National Theatre of Catalonia (TNC) and The Zephyr Bones.

For further information, to arrange an interview or request material, please contact internacional.icec@gencat.cat

More information: icec.gencat.cat / www.catalanarts.cat

 

'Culture catalane', the multidisciplinary artistic season in Quebec

'Culture catalane', the multidisciplinary artistic season in Quebec organised by IRL, is a unique opportunity for Catalan culture to engage in a dialogue with Quebecois culture.

This programme aims to establish contacts with Quebecois cultural partners to make Catalan artists a continuous presence in their programmes, and to bring about two-way exchange projects.

The detailed programme began in September with various projects, including the 24th Festival international de la littérature (FIL), at which the Catalan Arts were the guests of honour: the opening of Agora da la danse's season with Roger Bernat's interpretation of The Rites of Spring, and the screening of Espanya entre dues trinxeres: la guerra civil en colors [Spain between two trenches: the Civil War in colour], by Francesc Escribano and Luis Carrizo at the Cinemathèque québécoise in Montreal.

Various initiatives to promote Catalan culture in Quebec will also take place in 2019. Several Catalan artists will be participating in the programmes of La Chapelle–Scènes Contemporaines, in Montreal, and the Biennale du Festival international des arts de la marionnette and Festival Regard, in Saguenay.

More information:

www.llull.cat / https://catquebec.llull.cat

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