Lepage selected as the 12th speaker in the Institute for Canadian Citizenship's LaFontaine-Baldwin
Symposium lecture series
TORONTO, March 18, 2014 /CNW/ - The Institute for Canadian Citizenship
(ICC) and the Stratford Festival have once again partnered to present
the ICC's LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium featuring Robert Lepage,
cutting-edge creator and recipient of the Glenn Gould Prize. Marking
the 12th event, the 2014 Symposium will take place this fall on Saturday,
October 18 in Toronto; tickets are now on sale, visit lafontaine-baldwin.com.
Founded in 2000 by John Ralston Saul, the LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium
is a national event that explores citizenship, belonging and the public
good with leading Canadian and international thinkers. It challenges
the audience to think about Canada's big picture by inviting them to
add their voice to post-lecture roundtable discussions with the speaker
and ICC founders and co-chairs, Saul and the Right Honourable Adrienne
Clarkson. Past speakers include His Highness the Aga Khan, the
Honourable Louise Arbour, Georges Erasmus, the Right Honourable
Beverley McLachlin and, most recently, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National
Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.
"Each year the Symposium speaker is selected for their ability to push
our conversation in thought-provoking directions," said Saul. "We need
this because Canada is the most experimental of countries when it comes
to immigration and citizenship. We are at our best when we are open to
original and inclusive ideas. Last year, National Chief Atleo asked us
to paint a new picture of Canada that includes our First Nations
peoples. This year, Robert Lepage will shift our dialogue into the
enticingly abstract, referencing his work filled with people who are
stateless, moving between countries or belonging to several
civilizations. It will be fascinating to see where he takes us."
"I am both thrilled and honoured to be the 2014 LaFontaine-Baldwin
Symposium lecturer," said Robert Lepage. "I see this as a unique
opportunity to celebrate new citizens who have chosen to make our
country their own, and to explore how different cultures brought
together are shaping our identity and making us all citizens of the
Last year, the launch of the ICC - Stratford Festival partnership saw
the Symposium take centre stage in Stratford as a key element of its
inaugural Stratford Festival Forum, a series exploring the principal
themes found in the Festival's 12 theatrical productions performed over
its seven-month season.
"We are delighted to partner with the ICC to present the
Lafontaine-Baldwin Symposium," said Antoni Cimolino, Artistic Director
of the Stratford Festival. "By co-hosting this event in Toronto, we are
able to expand the borders of the Stratford Festival Forum, furthering
our commitment to providing Canadians with unparalleled opportunities
to explore issues crucial to a civil society. No one interested in
contemporary theatre should miss this rare opportunity to hear Robert
Lepage, one of the most extraordinary directors of our time."
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Stratford Festival box office
1.800.567.1600 (or 519.273.1600) or by emailing email@example.com. Visit lafontaine-baldwin.com for full event details.
12th LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium lecture by Robert Lepage
Isabel Bader Theatre, 2 p.m. | $30 (HST included), lecture only
Symposium Roundtable Discussion hosted by Lepage, Saul and Clarkson
Gardiner Museum, 4 p.m. | $70 (HST included), lecture and roundtable
Special discounted rates are available for members of the ICC's Cultural
Access Pass program, students and arts workers. Please call
ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) is a national, non-profit
charity that encourages active citizenship through innovative programs,
collaborations and unique volunteer opportunities. Founded and
co-chaired by the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul, the
ICC works to: ensure new citizens are welcomed and included as equals;
create meaningful connections among all Canadians; foster a culture of
engaged citizens; reframe the national conversation on inclusion,
identity and citizenship; and celebrate what it means to be Canadian.
For more information, visit icc-icc.ca. You can also follow us on Twitter (@ICCICC).
ABOUT THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL
The Stratford Festival, in picturesque Stratford, Ontario, Canada, is
North America's leading classical theatre, drawing half a million
visitors a year. It presents a seven-month season of a dozen plays in
four venues, along with a Forum of events to enrich the play-going
experience. With the works of Shakespeare at its core, the Festival
features classics, contemporary dramas, musical theatre and new plays.
It presented its first season in 1953, using an innovative thrust stage
that revolutionized Shakespearean performance in our time and inspired
the design of several other major venues worldwide. Visit stratfordfestival.ca for more information.
SOURCE: Institute for Canadian Citizenship
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