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Cultural Institutions

Meet John Zeppetelli, the man charged with making the MAC more popular

John-Zeppetelli_image0021-682x1024.jpgJohn Zeppetelli is the new Director and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art.

He started in August under a fair amount of media scrutiny.

The previous diretor and curator both resigned, after the chairman of the board Alexandre Taillifer made it clear that he wants to make the MAC more popular.

So John Zeppetelli knew what he was signing up for when he accepted the job.

We gave him a few months to settle in, and then invited him into the Cinq à Six studio for a feature interview with Jeanette Kelly.

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(Photo: Courtesy MAC/George Fok)

Is Berlin a cultural beacon for Montreal?

berlintower.jpgWhen we talk about world cultural capitals, Berlin is often near the top of the list.

Many artists and musicians go back and forth between Berlin and Montreal. 

As we head into municipal elections, we're asking, is there anything Montreal's local government could learn from Berlin?

Joining Jeanette Kelly for this round-table discussion:

Manfred Stoffel is the director of the Goethe Institut, which is celebrating it's one-year anniversary in its new location on St. Laurent Street this month.

Pierre Rancourt is an opera singer originally from St-Prosper. He spent eight months in Berlin. He's now returned to Quebec and is living in Montreal. 

Bettina Hoffman is a visual artist originally from Berlin, but she's been living and working in Montreal since 2000.

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(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Does Québec City Suffer from Festival Fever?

festival d'ete.jpgThroughout the summers of Québec, hardly a weekend goes by without a festival to attend... the Grand Prix, Montreal Fringe, a travel and outdoor festival in Québec city, and a dance festival in Trois Rivières, to name a few.

Antoine Robitaille of Le Devoir cautions that the Plains of Abrama are becoming a permanent Woodstock!

Is it possible to have gone overboard with our enthusiam for festivals? And furthermore, are festivals really an effective way to boost tourism?

Listen below to Jeanette's conversation with Antoine and let us know what you think - is Québec in danger of festival fever? Do you travel to other cities for the festivals or special events?

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