At its core, this event is about human encounters. We have come up with a number of ways for speaking with and learning about those Other persons who have arrived here to rebuild their lives among us.
ESPLANADE DE LA PLACE-DES-ARTS
ON STE-CATHERINE STREET
BETWEEN JEANNE-MANCE AND ST-URBAIN
OPENING OF THE SITE, FRIDAY MAY 12 at 5 P.M.
6 p.m | Official speeches
> Annie Roy, co-founder of ATSA, When Art Takes Action
> Kanahsohon Kevin Deer from the Kahnawá:ke Mohawk Nation will perform the sacred Thanksgiving Address
> Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal
> Stephan Reichhold, Executive Director of the Table de Concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes (TCRI)
> Anne Sainte-Marie, Communications Officer, Amnesty International Canada's Francophone Branch
> Poetic performance
Also in attendance:
> Amir Khadir, MNA for Mercier (who will prepare a soup at 6 p.m. under shelter 9)
> Connie Placido, deputy cabinet director for Westmount MNA Jacques Chagnon
> Hélène Laverdière, MP for Laurier–Sainte-Marie
> Manon Gauthier, member of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal, responsible for culture, heritage and design, Space for Life, and the status of women
Friday, May 12 from 5 to 11 p.m.
Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
In the AUTOUR DE LA SOUPE series, we invite you to attend “KITCHEN PARTIES”. At each party, a family of refugees who arrived in Montreal between 1956 and 2017 and their Québec friends cook, along with you, their favourite soup, while telling us about their journey as refugees and their integration into Québec society. And the intervention “LE TEMPS D’UNE SOUPE”, produced by ATSA and partner Soupesoup, offers you a moment to chat with someone over a dish specially prepared for the occasion. Come savour your conversation and create a poetic portrait!
The LE CŒUR ET LA TÊTE series offers more than 25 opportunities for encounter and reflection thanks to the TESTIMONIALS, often full of humour and always compelling, of the refugees who share their life experiences, and to the presentations, delived in the form of SEMINARS, by experts and case workers in the field who know the challenges of the demanding refugee process. Several important themes—peace, integration, francization, employment, isolation, trauma—are broached and discussed.
Each encounter is an act of openness to the Other, in order to stitch a better social fabric for our city. Some of the testimonials will be accompanied with lectures, songs, photos, etc.
Multidisciplinary ARTISTIC PROGRAMMING, free of charge, will round off your stay at Cuisine ta ville, covering themes related to the refugee, the exile, the stranger... Featuring LIVE PERFORMANCES, EXHIBITIONS and FILM.
With the exception of the Le Temps d’une Soupe interventions, the entire programming will take place beneath the white car-shelter tents, whose arrangement in rows, right in the middle of Sainte-Catherine St., evokes a United Nations refugee camp. The overall staging of the event is intended as a relational intervention.
Thanks to La Maison de la Syrie for its invaluable assistance in the Syrian programming!