In order to explore and strengthten the link between artistic excellence, citizen participation and social innovation—a model it holds dear—TPL continues to innovate with its artist/citizen co-creations. In collaboration with LaboKracBoom, a circus company, and la Maison des arts de la parole (literally, “Spoken Word Arts Centre”), TPL has created the “Rivières de Lumières” project (literally, “Rivers of Lights”) and is developing a new theatre form, that of Landscape Theatre. Landscape Theatre tells a story in a natural setting, outdoors and in the dark; it creates an alternative theatrical aesthetic “in situ”, lit by hundreds, if not thousands, of lanterns created by artists and by members of the community.
Rivières de Lumières, created in collaboration with LaboKracBoom and the Maison des arts de la parole, is a fall festival meant to illuminate Sherbrooke with thousands of lanterns for a total of 5 days, while establishing a new Thanksgiving tradition. Several activities that will enchant everyone are planned throughout the festival such as a magical night parade in Sherbrooke’s streets followed by a night market featuring local producers as well as an outdoor show mixing drama, circus and tale-telling and a dance show at the Magog River Gorge.
Check out the schedule below for more information.
Program of events
August through mid-October: Lantern making workshops
Saturday October 8th: Lantern making workshops, night parade and night market
Sunday October 9th: Lantern making workshops and 2 shows(in French only) at the Domaine-Howard Park
Monday October 10th: Lantern making workshops and 1 show(in French only) at the Domaine-Howard Park
Saturday and Sunday October 5th and 6th: Dance show by Élise LeGrand at the Magog River Gorge
How to get involved
1. Host your own lantern making workshop.
Leading to the festival, TPL is offering lantern workshops in which participants have the opportunity of creating their own lanterns with which they will be invited to parade on the 8th of October. If you are interested in hosting a workshop within your organization or company, please contact us at 819-346-4040.
2. Participate in a lantern making workshop within another festival.*
We will be present at several festivals before ours takes place. Come see us!
• Bouffe Ton Centro, Saturday August 6th, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Festival des traditions du monde, Wednesday August 10th through Sunday August 14th, check website for specific hours.
• Lennoxville Street Festival, Saturday August 27th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Journées de la culture, Saturday October 1st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
*Festival workshops are free of charge. Suggested contribution to cover material costs: $3 for Masson jars lanterns and $5 for willow lanterns).
3. Join the team!
You can join the event team by either becoming an extra for the shows (places are limited!) or by volunteering throughout the weekend of the festival. If you are interested in these opportunities, please call us at 819-346-4040.
Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date on news about this project (Our Facebook page is in French only).
In the meantime, watch last year’s videoclip of Trivilus, a tale presented as part of Rivières de lumières.
A special thanks to our partners!
Interested in a becoming a partner of Rivières de Lumières? For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 819 346-4040.