French-language spotlight for the best of Anglo Quebecois arts and culture
Montreal: February 27, 2013 – On March 22nd, the English Language Arts Network (ELAN) of Quebec will launch its next major project, the Made au Quebec website. This unique French-language portal will promote all that is new and relevant in the world of Quebec’s English-speaking artists to broader audiences in the province and beyond, covering the creative worlds of dance, film & video, music, theatre, visual arts, and writing.
Made au Quebec follows the media that covers the arts scene, letting the attention speak for itself. Designed as a comprehensive window for Quebecers who want to learn more about their province’s thriving Anglo arts community, the website will link to the latest news stories and creative samples as they emerge, offering each item with a French-language summary. The website will also feature six quarterly reviews – one for each major discipline featured – of the community’s trends and highlights in the past three months. As cultural tastemakers grow excited about the next big things, Made au Quebec will be there to follow and contextualize the story.
Why Made au Québec, and why now? Time and again, this province’s arts community has proven itself both nationally and internationally to be one of the most vital in the country. And yet at home, within the province’s French-language mainstream, that reputation is sadly still a curiosity for most. Where to begin and how to understand the rich history that identifies these artists and their stories? This website at the very least offers a good place to start a healthy celebration of the arts between two creative cultures living side by side, with too little interaction or mutual recognition.
Here, the latest developments in the province’s Anglo creativity are not only compiled, they’re also presented with translated titles and abstracts to make them more accessible to French journalists and audiences curious about parallel dimension of their culture. Meanwhile, Canadian audiences will find an up-to-date survey of what’s hot in Quebec. So take a look around! Read an article, watch a theatrical preview or music video, listen to a new song or podcast, view photos from the latest gallery offerings. And come back again. Made au Quebec will be updated daily, so there will always be new material to explore.
About ELAN Quebec:
ELAN Quebec was formed in 2005 with the purpose of creating stronger networks for the province’s many English-speaking artists, both across the various creative disciplines and with their French-speaking counterparts. Since then, the organization has launched several high-profile projects. In 2010, the Recognizing Artists: Enfin Visibles! (RAEV) website was launched, highlighting approximately 160 contemporary artists whose careers best exemplified the community’s successes. RAEV also resulted in the production of 30 bilingual short-form video documentaries and the book Minority Report, An Alternative History of the English-Language Arts in Quebec (published by Guernica Editions, 2011).
In 2011, ELAN hosted the province-wide State of the Arts summit, which gathered arts professionals from the major creative disciplines to envision future ambitions, prospects, and opportunities. That year, the organization spearheaded the Arts and Community Culture On The Road (ACCORD) Program, a partnership with 13 English-speaking communities across Quebec intended to foster new touring networks between Montreal and the regions.
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