Rivers of lights with Latin flavor

SHERBROOKE – Latin culture will be in the limelight during the 5th edition of Rivières de Lumières, which will take place from September 23 to 29. The still very popular ambulatory of lanterns will be held on September 28th.
“We had a positive experience last year with the Accès Asie festival and that gave us the taste to integrate a cultural community,” says Kristelle Holliday, executive director and co-artistic director of Théâtre des Petites Lanternes. “There are more than 3,000 people of Latin descent living in Sherbrooke. It’s a pretty big presence. We want to give them a place, but not in a folk way. We want to integrate the artistic vision of a people into a project that already exists. ”

“Our DNA is to create with communities,” adds Angèle Séguin, Artistic Director of Théâtre des Petites Lanternes. “Rivers of Lights is a big part of that. It is a festival that opens to artists of diversity that we do not know, we do not see, without knowing that they are on our territory. There, not only do we invite them, but they carry with us an artistic vision of the event. ”

Among the various Latin-Quebec-style activities, the curious will be able to attend a round table (September 26 at the Center des arts de la scène Jean-Besré) on the participation and integration of Latin American artists in the environment. Quebecois today. On September 24, a special screening of the film Jericó, the infinite flight of days by Colombian director Catalina Mesa, will be held at the Center for Performing Arts Jean-Besré and will be followed by a discussion.

From Wednesday, September 25, festival-goers will also be able to admire the works of Estella Lopez Solis and Camila Vasquez through the exhibition Through the lines at Café Général. On the last day of the festival, fans of poetry and music will be able to end the weekend with Argentinian-French singer-songwriter Tomas Jensen and several Latin-American authors.

A shortened ambulatory

Despite dozens of activities, the centerpiece of Rivières de Lumières remains undoubtedly the ambulatory. It will be a little shorter than in the past years.

“We realized what the winning formula was last year,” says Holliday. We want people to be able to live a magical moment through the streets of the city center, without being too long, so they do not get tired and arrive at the night market at a reasonable time. The idea is not to exceed 90 minutes. ”

The Théâtre des Petites Lanternes also launched Monday the project of an artistic residency.

“We invite artists to submit a project to join us a week or two,” Séguin summarizes. We want to set up a dialogue with them. Then we will invite these artists to work on our creations. “

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