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NDG Arts Week debuts new partnership
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 23 août 2012

The NDG Arts Week festival will unveil a new event Thurs. Aug. 23, a miniature film series showcasing National Film Board (NFB) documentaries and animations.

The screenings begin with the 2009 NFB documentary on former McGill professor Norman Cornett «Since when do we divorce the right answer from an honest answer?” at the Maison de la Culture NDG at 7:30 p.m.

Arts Week co-organizer Paul Cargnello (along with filmmaker Scott McLeod) is pleased with the addition of the NFB to the roster. “A partner like that is always a boon for a small organization,” he says. “It was a good choice for our festival.”

The series resumes the next evening (Friday) with a screening of “Roadsworth: Crossing the line” featuring Montreal breakout artist Peter Gibson, who is known for his street art and controversial arrest for vandalism in 2004. “He’s one of the definitive artists who made it elsewhere,” says Cargnello. “Every time I walk by an exhibition of his work it is full of people, and I hear his book Roadsworth is flying off the shelves.”

The Off the Wall film festival, organized by John McKay, follows at 8 p.m. with work from both established and emerging Montreal filmmakers.

The annual Arts Walk happens Saturday. Participants can discover a diverse group of local artists displaying their wares on the street as well as discover NDG community arts venues such as SubV and Café 92 on the Tour des Arts.

Saturday is also for kids, with creative workshops on subjects from fimo clay badge to DIY robotic toothbrushes from the Concordia University Art Education Department. Action Communiterre’s Garden of Thyme will feature artwork from their young members and offer kids’ workshops on urban gardening.

Saturday night, Head & Hands presents STREET VIBES = Justice with music, dance and video created through collaboration between established artists and youth from the Jeunesse 2000 (J2K) youth drop-in center.

The festival closes out Sun. Aug. 26 with the Country en Ville event, which promises old-fashioned fun and old-time music, games, and cuisine.

[ Ingrid Wissink ]

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