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Montreal: Catharsis 2008 | May 23 to 25

Catharsis 2008

May 23, 2008 to May 25, 2008

Friday, May 23, 2008 | 9:00 p.m.
Complexe SKY, Room Voila
1474 Ste-Catherine E, Montreal
Pay what you can

Saturday, May 24 & Sunday, May 25, 2008 | 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
UQAM University
200 Sherbrooke West, Montreal
Free admission

Sunday, May 25, 2008 | 6:00 p.m.

Bar Fût-Zion
1441 Amherst, Montreal
Free admission

A weekend open to all and completely free of charge! Share, discover and learn stories, testimonials and reactions concerning gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, transsexuals, transvestites and queers from ethnocultural communities. Learn about their realities and their lives within mainstream Quebec society and elsewhere in the world through meetings, social events, theatre, films and conferences.

For an detailed listing of this weekend's event, visit Ethnoculture.

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From May 23 to 25, 2008, we offer you our theme of Catharsis: because we, and people like us, have lived through and endured discrimination and rejection; because we do not want these experiences to hinder our growth and participation in society; because we want to build something durable in and meaningful to our communities on our own terms. As individuals whose identities exist at the intersections of sexuality, race, gender, and ethnicity, among other identities, we want to share who we are, what we go through, and how we survive with our families, friends, and neighbours in this city, with the goal of striving for and achieving a future that is more open and welcoming for us all.

For one unbelievable weekend, you will hear diverse stories of our pains and joys, our encounters with challenges and our victories over them, through an exciting program that will allow you to immerse yourself in our realities.
Kicking off the event on Friday, May 23 is our opening night party at Voilà on the 2nd floor of Sky Bar (1474 Sainte Catherine East), where from 9 p.m. onward we will be dancing and partying to international dance music while raising our glasses in celebration of the event.

Then on Saturday, May 24, we will present a number of community-based workshopsfocusing on how to better engage with public institutions, how to combat sexuality-based phobias in cultural communities, and the current state of LGBTQ refugee services in Canada. Because every good Catharsis needs a stage, we end the day with a performance by Third Space Playback Theatre, a local interactive theatre troupe that accepts testimonials about oppression and marginalization from the audience and interprets them through a variety of dramatic forms. Also, there will be an opportunity to meet and network with local organizations at our all-day community fair, featuring fun interactive activities.

Finally, on Sunday, May 25, we have coordinated a day of conferences for your interest and edification, beginning with a discussion on whiteness and white privilege, followed by a special presentation on a queer refugee photo project in Toronto, then a multi-faith panel on sexuality and religion. The day ends with a talk on homophobic lyrics in popular music.

To complete your Catharsis, we also offer two parallel programs that will run concurrently with the main program. Our film series includes documentaries on Mexican refugees, Nicaraguan soap operas, and parents of various cultures coming to terms with their children’s sexualities, as well as a dramatic film from Africa and first-person shorts about gay Asian identity. In addition, we have mounted an art exhibition featuring work by members of our community.

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