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22.06.2011 PRESS RELEASE – Colloquium “Youth, Cosmopolitanism and Digital Environment : Cultural Participation in Flux”, October 3-4 2011 in Montreal

Over 20 renowned experts come together to rethink cultural involvement and participation models. An event jointly presented by Culture Montréal and Culture pour tous.

On October 3 and 4, 2011, Montréal will host an international colloquium on cultural participation and citizen involvement in the arts, in light of the new challenges brought on by globalization. Presented jointly by Culture Montréal and Culture pour tous, this event is part of the Entretiens Jacques Cartier 2011 program.

Bringing together over twenty experts from Québec, Europe and the United States, the colloquium will allow participants to review the traditional model of cultural development, with particular emphasis on the cultural behaviour of immigrant populations and of younger generations. How should we understand the trajectories of cultural participation and the new ways culture is consumed? Are we on the brink of radical change in the way people become involved in the arts? How should we conceive and plan new and fruitful relationships between creators, producers, cultural disseminators and the public?  Researchers and specialists will also address the growing role of digital environments in the cultural dissemination process and in cultural participation.

With its comprehensive approach to this broad issue, “Cultural Participation in Flux…” will appeal to artists and workers in the fields of culture, education, community action, public administration and local development.

A debate on how we adapt the cultural offer to ever-changing social and technological environments will close the two-day session. Along with Patrick Beauduin, General Manager for Radio-Canada/Radio (Montréal), Guy Saëz, Professor at the Institut d’Études politiques de Grenoble (France) and Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) (other panelists to be announced), participants will be asked to study the relationships between public(s) and creators, and to envision the diverse manifestations of cultural participation in the years to come.

“Cultural Participation in Flux” will also welcome the following speakers and guests:

Amir Ali Alibhai, executive director, Alliance for the Arts (Vancouver)
Maribel Alvarez, anthropologist, University of Arizona (Tucson, U.S.A.)
René Barsalo, digital experiences designer (Montréal)
Guy Bellavance, professor, Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS), Centre Urbanisation Culture Société (UCS), director, laboratory / art and society / bases and theories (l/as/tt) and holder, Fernand-Dumont Chair on Culture (Montréal)
Jean-Robert Bisaillon, vice- president and co-founder, Iconoclaste Musique Web Promo (Danville, Québec)
Dominique Cardon, sociologist, Laboratoire des usages d’Orange Labs and associate researcher, Centre d’études des mouvements sociaux (CEMS/EHESS) (Paris)
Vincenzo Cicchelli, head of sociology lectures, Université Paris Descartes – Gemass (Paris 4, CNRS)
Nicole Gallant, director, Observatoire Jeunes et société, INRS Urbanisation Culture Société (Québec)
Annick Germain, professor, Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS), Centre Urbanisation, Culture et Société and director, Centre Métropolis du Québec (Montréal)
Hervé Glévarec, head of research, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (C.N.R.S), Laboratoire Communication et Politique (Paris)
Marie Goyette, director of the Gabrielle-Roy Library and of cultural animation, L’Institut Canadien de Québec
Vincent Guillon, research associate, UMR PACTE and co-director, Sens Publics (Paris)
Jean-Christophe Laurence & Laura-Julie Perreault, journalists and co-authors of the Guide du Montréal multiple (Montréal)
Jennifer L. Novak-Leonard, researcher and consultant, Wolfbrown (Chicago)
Sylvie Octobre, research officer, Département des études, de la prospective et des statistiques (DDAI), Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (Paris)
Madeleine Pastinelli, professor, sociology department, Laboratoire de communautique appliquée, Université Laval (Québec)
Christian Poirier, professor, INRS, Centre Urbanisation Culture Société (Montréal)
Gilles Pronovost, professor emeritus, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, executive director, Conseil de  développement de la rechereche sur la famille du Québec (Trois-Rivières)
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, city councillor, assistant to the mayor, responsible for major events, community outreach and young people (Lyon)
Myriam Verreault, director of Ma tribu c’est ma vie (Montréal)

The entire schedule and the registration form for the colloquium are available online at The registration fee is $125 + tax for members of Culture Montréal and $195 + tax for non-members (includes coffee breaks, lunches and the opening cocktail). A limited number of specially priced seats (100 $) are offered to small cultural organizations. Information : Julie Arsenault at 514 845-0303, extension 26.

About Culture Montréal
Founded in 2002, Culture Montréal is a non-partisan citizens’ movement whose mandate is to promote the central role of the arts and culture in all spheres of Montréal’s development. By means of mobilizing activities, communications and research, Culture Montréal is helping to build the cultural metropolis. The organization receives financial support from its members and from the ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition feminine du Québec, the City of Montréal, the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Cirque du Soleil.

About Culture pour tous
Journées de la culture is organized by Culture pour tous, an independent, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help democratize culture in Québec. A recognized leader in cultural mediation,  Culture pour tous develops and produces other initiatives to encourage cultural participation: the Carnet de la culture, a tool for the use of educational institutions; the Parcours interculturel, an initiative to highlight the work of professional artists from immigrant communities; Art au travail and La culture en entreprise, a program for collective creativity in the workplace; Je m’affiche pour la culture!, a citizens’ movement where individuals present their best cultural profile; and a Web portal on Médiation culturelle that addresses artistic practices and their interaction with other spheres within society.

About the Entretiens Jacques Cartier
Created in 1987 by the Centre Jacques Cartier, an organization based in Lyon, France, the Entretiens create a variety of colloquia and lectures centred on four themes: economics and politics, science, society and culture. The main aim of the Entretiens is to exchange experiences and expertise between Europe and North America and to open new avenues of reflection on current issues. The setting for the meetings alternates between the Rhône-Alpes and Canada. The 24th edition of the Entretiens will take place from September 29 to October 6, 2011, in Montréal, Québec City and Ottawa. For more information:

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