The musts according to Karla Étienne
Karla Étienne

Assistant Director and Performer
Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata


Nulle p'art ailleurs – Dare to be different

From September 16 to September 18, 2016

La Tohu – Cité des arts du Cirque

This multidisciplinary event, which is free of charge, this year celebrates the tenth anniversary of Diversité Artistique Montréal (DAM), with some 300 works and 55 artists. For the very first time, this year, it will be presented at TOHU, in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It has an attractive program, including numerous circus, music and dance performances, and many more. There will also be talks and exhibition tours. These few days are a unique opportunity to meet some talented artists that we probably don’t get to see often enough.

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Espace Mushagalusa

533 Ontario Es

Espace Mushagalusa, founded by Guy Mushagalusa, is a gallery and shop dedicated to African art. It features fine furniture and decorative items, and throughout the year Espace Mushagalusa also presents exhibitions of contemporary art. In addition, it came up with the great idea of offering high school students courses introducing them to all the wealth and diversity of African cultures by means of educational programs and interactive workshops. This welcoming place also offers events connected to fashion, design and other areas of creativity. This is definitely a space full of discoveries just waiting to be made!

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Montreal International Black Film Festival

From September 28 to October 2, 2016

Quartier des spectacles

This Festival runs from September 28 to October 2, 2016. Since its creation in 2005, the event has welcomed productions hailing from the four corners of the world. This film festival offers a unique opportunity to see works that are not widely distributed by filmmakers or about subjects of African descent. I have seen such outstanding films there as Sing Your Song (Harry Belafonte Documentary) by Susanne Rostock and Central Park Five by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon, which would have been really hard for me to see otherwise. Furthermore, the Festival regularly welcomes some outstanding personalities to its showings – such as the singer and actor Harry Belafonte. Fine films for all film-lovers.

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