The musts according to John Zeppetelli
John Zeppetelli

Director and Chief Curator
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

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Festival TransAmériques

From May 22 to June 7, 2014

Founded in 1982 by the very passionate and tireless talent scout Marie-Hélène Falcon, the Festival des Amériques first took place in 1985. It became the Festival TransAmériques in 2007, when dance and performance were added to theatre. With close to 400 shows from 45 countries, the Festival is now a major international reference point in the theatre arts. The eighth edition will be held from May 22 to June 7, and I am delighted at the prospect of discovering some great works that will open wide the windows on today’s world through the prism of art. What a privilege for Montrealers to be able to attend these performances and dialogue with the artists! Among the many events are works by the Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental, the European creators Michel Houellebecq, Christian Rizzo, Antoine Defoort and Halory Goerger, and the Quebec choreographers Benoît Lachambre, Daniel Léveillé and Paul-André Fortier – to name but a few.

The Canadian Centre for Architecture

A great institution, absolutely unique, which Montreal can be rightfully proud of! Great for the vision of its founder, Phyllis Lambert, and great for its insistence on quality, which has never wavered over the years, thus earning it an enviable international reputation. Since 1979, the CCA has continually presented exhibitions on architecture, its reflection, its place in history and also its social role, so as to heighten public awareness of the impact it has on its surroundings. With its huge collections,  the CCA is also a veritable treasure trove for researchers who find access there to a library and some essential documents. There is an interesting exhibition on right now, Photographing the Arab city in the 19th century, which presents an urban reality outside the framework of orientalism and absolutely must be seen before May 25.
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Exhibition at CCA, « En imparfaite santé: la médicalisation de l’architecture ». © CCA, Montréal

Le Festival du nouveau cinéma

From October 8 to October 19, 2014

One of my favourite artistic events, definitely a must for me! Still several months to wait before all these new productions are unveiled, but they’ll be all the more enjoyable for that! Founded in 1971 by Claude Chamberlan and Dimitri Eipidès, the Festival has grown amazingly since then. Films from Quebec and abroad, lectures, discussions with prestigious guests, this film fest, bold and innovative, open to everyone, unveils to us tomorrow’s cinema, with all the new technological tools it has at its disposal. Programming that features some 300 films — including many premières and previews — reveals and celebrates the creative energy of producers from home and away, for our great delectation. I can’t wait to discover what wonderful surprises are held in store by this 43rd edition of the Festival, being held from October 8 to 19, 2014.

© Emily Gan

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