Lumière is a free, three-day arts festival culminating in a spectacular art-at-night event that lights up Sydney’s civic spaces with contemporary art, culture and community spirit.
Ten strangers in a room use theatre to name the challenges that our community faces. They create a play about those challenges, their gift to you. Facilitator Sheila Christie also teaches Applied Theatre at CBU, focusing on artistic practice as a tool for shaping and defining identity.
Jason is a Halifax based multi-disciplinary artist and award winning illustrator. He finds inspiration in humour, humility and positivity and focuses on projects that have a flare for upbeat community engagement. His work can be found at jasonskinner.ca.
ACAP Cape Breton is a registered charity with a clear vision in which local people are actively engaged, working, and learning together to build a healthy and sustainable community. ACAP offers knowledge to make greener choices, and works directly on practical solutions that help protect and restore our natural environment.
The Cape Breton Regional Library assists persons with their lifelong learning needs, introduces children to books, serves as a clearinghouse of information, provides sources of ideas to stimulate the imagination, acts as a cultural resource for Cape Breton, and gives comfort and pleasure through recreational reading.
Geecomics is a 16 year old artist living in Sydney. She has a specific interest in the comic book industry. Riverview High School Art Club meets weekly & provides an opportunity for students to explore specific art projects.
Melissa Kearney graduated from NSCADU in 2006 with a BFA in Fine Arts. Her body of work mainly consists of large paintings, both oil and acrylic, with a strong focus on symbolic imagery and gestural mark making. Since 2012, Kearney has been producing interdisciplinary bodies of work that address the complex questions around the conditions we are living in and who we live among that are specific to Cape Breton Island.
Nelson MacDonald is a New Waterford born filmmaker best known for producing acclaimed 2016 feature film, WEREWOLF. His latest work is an experimental documentary film shot on 16mm film called 'There Lived the Colliers', which documents the company houses built for Cape Breton coal miners and premiered at the 71st Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Dead Puppets Society came together through their interest in writing and theatre, typically in the arena of horror-theatre with projects such as Tales from the Bottom of the Well, Frankenstein, and Black Jack 1 through 6. Now it is a group of award-winning writers who work on various projects.
Multimedia artist, Tonia Di Risio has exhibited across Canada. She is a member of the Red Head Gallery and part of Alchemy, an artist residency devoted to exploring the synergy between art and cooking. A resident of Halifax for 15 years, Di Risio relocated to Ontario in 2012.
RELAYS (Resiliency Education Leadership Adventure and Youth Service) is a project that works with youth between the ages of 12 and 17. There are sites in six communities across the CBRM. The project's goal is to ensure that youth have the opportunity to participate and engage in positive activities.
Jared Perry was born and raised in PEI. After receiving a BFA from Mount Allison University (NB), he has been active in the Charlottetown art community. Working primarily in painting and drawing, Perry represents the contemporary maritime perspective by exploring themes of vulnerability, memory, and sense of place.
Sean has published three collections of poetry. He is adjunct professor of political science at Cape Breton University and a frequent contributor to local media on issues of war, peace and the environment. Basma Kavanagh is a Nova Scotia poet, visual artist, and letterpress printer.
Diana Chisholm and David Dyck are multi-disciplinary artists based in Corner Brook, NL. Focusing on aspects of sculpture, industry and humour, the duo create works that focus on handed-down skills and knowledge, performative objects and material notions of making do with what you have.
"At the Reception" is the collaboration of three interdisciplinary artists, Michael McCormack, Kiersten Holden-Ada, and Zak Miller-Ada, living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Their work utilizes media technology to activate an interactive, communicative environment in situations initially designed for passive listening or entertainment. ENSEMBLE is their first collective project.
The Boularderie Island Writing Institute has mentored Cape Breton writers for over fifteen years. Selections of writing from the participants were included in the anthology “Thirteen Ways From Sunday” that showcased writing from the first thirteen years and published by Boularderie Island Press.
The Fortress of Louisbourg brings you back into one of North America’s busiest 18th-century seaports. Founded by the French in 1713, it fell under siege twice to the British before its destruction in the 1760s. Today, it’s the largest historical reconstruction on the continent, offering great experiences to visitors.
Kate Ward is an Australian interdisciplinary artist whose interests include textiles, ceramics, jewellery, printmaking and intermedia. She is the recipient of numerous international scholarships, residencies and exchange programs. Her work has been selected for national and international exhibitions and awards. Ward's work is represented in national and international collections.
I use everyday objects in unexpected ways. Using something as recognizable and approachable as balloons to alter the landscape and change the experience of the space. I don't tell stories but rather start stories by altering familiar landscapes. I aim to create a feeling of 'newness', something not experienced before.
Alex Balkam is a film and moving image artist born in Shelburne, Nova Scotia and residing currently in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His work explores and interprets the landscape of his childhood."In my art practice, the moving image is a research tool for ruminations on place and personal history."
"In my art practice, the moving image is a research tool for ruminations on place and personal history."
Pamela Johnson is an artist with a background in community theatre, improv, writing and visual art. She weaves social justice into her art as an extension of her work as an educator in women's leadership. Pamela is a former board member and volunteer for community based art projects and festivals.
The Lantern Parade Project was created in partnership with SchoolsPlus, a provincial organization that supports children, youth and families, and SPEC Drama, an after school group active in theatre, art, and outdoor adventure. SPEC Drama has been involved with Lumière in past festivals, both as volunteers and participants.
Youth Workshop facilitator, Nika Feldman has been working as a contemporary textile artist for over fifteen years. Now residing in Baddeck, she has taught workshops and exhibited internationally. Her work focuses on the connection between people, culture, clothing and identity. Find her at nikafeldman.com/blog.
Perspective Art Studio is a group of youth artists who are filled with creativity and high energy. This group pushes themselves each year to come up with new and exciting ways to show the impact that art has our everyday life.
Coyote Fletcher has been building unique musical instruments known as 'chime trees' since joining the Fletcher Valve Drummers the 90's in Ontario. In 2005, Coyote and the Fletchers parted ways. They embarked on an international tour and Coyote moved to Cape Breton Island where he continues to build chime trees.
Since 2013, Endnotes has brought its unique style of vocal music to venues throughout Cape Breton. Their repertoire is mostly classic and contemporary pop, but they sing a range of holiday and traditional numbers as well. Endnotes is looking for new members in all vocal ranges. Email email@example.com for details.
Cohen’s films are in the collections of NYC's Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum and have been broadcast by PBS, Arte, and the Sundance Channel. Jem Cohen has also collaborated with musicians including Fugazi, Patti Smith, Terry Riley, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, R.E.M., Vic Chesnutt and The Ex.
Brittany Fagan-Steele is from Sydney, Nova Scotia. She has writing and theatre courses from Cape Breton and Athabasca University. She works with Kostume Kapers Children Theatre: Level Five, and organizes dinner theatre fundraisers as a writer and director. Her work has previously appeared in CBU's One Act Festival. TRANSATLANTICISM performers: Kristen Fagan-Steele, Logan Collins, Hannah Rudderham, and Melissa Corbett.
In previous years, contributions to Lumière were created by the Club’s teen and younger members. This year staff and youth worked together to create a cohesive installation piece to present to our community.
Arianna Richardson is an artist and eco-craftivist from Lethbridge, Alta., currently pursuing an MFA at NSCAD University in Halifax, NS. Richardson most often works under the pseudonym, The Hobbyist, employing hobby-craft techniques to work through an investigation of ubiquitous consumption, gendered labour and spectacle.
Chantal Coulombe, ceramic artist,currently living in Sydney, NS. She trained at Canadore College, North Bay, ON, from 1985 to 1987. Working in clay keeps her closely connected to the earth as she continues cultivating a relationship with the environment. Chantal also loves exploring colour and texture in her textile creations.
think tank collective (Nicole MacDougall & Carina Magazzeni) supports the rigorous process of the contemporary worker by providing a space for collective and productive wellness, amidst a work hard, play harder mentality. think tank investigates the realities of professionalization with a specific consideration into the lives of femmes @ work.
Alexandra O'Sullivan is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in performance, video, and electronics; often combining all three. Her work has been presented at Art in the Open, afterimage, and most recently as part of a group show titled New Positions at The Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown, PE.
The focus of SchoolsPlus is to support students and families by helping them attain effective services that meet their identified needs. Joey MacNeil is a multimedia artist and a substitute art teacher with the CBVRSB. He also runs Studio Villa Nova with his wife, Sandy.
Elizabeth Whalley is a Canadian artist who works at the intersection of old and new technologies. Her projects are often inspired by poetry and the theatre. She has taught art for many years and is currently the Manager of the Inverness County Centre for the Arts in Inverness, NS.
The Art Room is an artist-run non-profit studio located in the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation. Its mission is to promote and enjoy creative art making and contribute to community engagement and development and the promotion of personal health, growth and well-being through the arts.
Ukuleles Unlimited group is part of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. Under director Suzanne Doane, music teacher at Brookland Elementary and a Ukulele Consultant in Canada, the program is offered Board-wide to students in grades 4,5, & 6. They rehearse and perform throughout the school year.
The Targett family loves to combine technology and art. From Rube Goldberg machines to video games, we're happiest when we're using STEM concepts to build fun and interesting projects that incorporate visual arts and music.
Three tenacious rural women have joined forces to make this project possible. Laura Stinson (puppeteer, visual artist and gardener), Julia Walker (set/stage design, gardener, quilter), and Noella Murphy (physical theater and visual artist), all share a love of farming, craft and public art.
Julien Strasfeld is a photographer and filmmaker who lives in New Waterford, on Cape Breton Island. He previously contributed to Lumière in 2015 and has also shown work in Sackville, NB, New Glasgow, NS, Ottawa, ON, and Dawson City, Yukon.