THE FESTIVAL’S SOCIAL INITIATIVES

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Janick Simard, Coordonnatrice artistique et à la médiation culturelle

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For the past 47 years, the Festival de Lanaudière has offered a diverse programme of concerts spanning five weeks in the summer. These concerts are presented at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay as well as in various churches and agritourism venues in the Lanaudière Region.

In addition to its main programme, the Festival aims to achieve meaningful impact on different sectors of society through its social actions. Approaches are implemented in education and through various partnerships with organizations in the region.

Here are just a few examples of what the Festival has achieved over the last two years, and what’s in store for 2024!

 

2023: First Open Day at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay

For the first time ever, the Festival de Lanaudière and Place des Arts have opened the doors of the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay to offer a free day of musical workshops and performances that include choral singing, instrument-making, body percussion, the discovery of the balafon (un instrument à percussion d’origine Africaine, incarnant la richesse culturelle et musicale du continent), and much more!

 

These activities delighted close to 700 music fans of all ages!

 

2nd Stage Performances

Alongside the Festival’s concert programming, audiences at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay will have the chance to discover the young musicians of tomorrow. These artists from Quebec’s music education institutions are offered the opportunity to give a twenty-minute performance in the course of the evening. Starting in 2024, they will be further supported in their professional path, as the Festival guides them in the presentation of their program and in their development as cultural mediators!

 

The mentoring programme - Networking hub for the international deployment of Canadian classical musicians

In partnership with the Fondation Père-Lindsay, the 1stre of the career development programme was launched in 2022. Since then, the programme has gone from strength to strength!

The concept is simple: from the Festival’s position as an international hub for classical music, each year six promising Canadian musicians spend ten days in Joliette. These participants have the opportunity to meet, discuss and, above all, create privileged professional ties with the artists, agents and cultural administrators present at the Festival during this period.

For the first time in 2024, the programme will be presented in partnership with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Mentees will have the chance to spend a few days in Saratoga and enjoy an enhanced experience!

Read the testimonials of our mentees here: Here 

A series of social actions

 

  • 5 activities free of charge offered to area residents in the summer 2023, including mediation experiences on water and land;
  • 3 cultural mediators on the Amphitheatre site answer questions and inform the public about the works presented during the evening’s concert;

  • A free recital to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day 2023 featuring Innu soprano Elisabeth St-Gelais and pianist Louise Pelletier - Waskapitan festivities at the Musée d’art de Joliette, in collaboration with the Centre d’amitié autochtone de Lanaudière;
  • More than 2,000 free tickets distributed to citizens of Greater Joliette for the Festival’s opening concert in 2023;
  • Open rehearsal offered to employees of the Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) and various community organizations in the Lanaudière Region. In 2023, some 500 people had the chance to attend the rehearsal of Marc-André Hamelin and the Orchestre Métropolitain, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin;
  • The Festival travelled to the Père Lindsay Music Camp accompanied by Emmanuel Resche-Caserta (concertmaster of Les Arts Florissants) to offer a masterclass;
  • Better access to concerts: the Festival has revised its pricing policy, offering lawn access tickets for $25 and a new category of seats under the roof starting at $30;
  • Families and young adults benefit from special rates, because classical music is accessible to all!

Looking to 2024 at the Festival de Lanaudière

The actions listed above will continue to be developed, but the Festival de Lanaudière is proposing new ones in 2024. We invite you to read the rest of this article right here!