Hoodstock We rise / On s'élève - 2017 edition

August 11,12 and 13, 2017

Locations: Fredy Villanueva Park (called Henri-Bourassa Park), Maison de la Culture et Communautaire de Montréal-Nord, 11991 Lapierre Street and Librairie Racines

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear,
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear,
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise, I rise, I rise.
Maya Angelou, excerpt from the collection And still I rise, 1978

MONTREAL, Aug. 3, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The fourth edition of Hoodstock, a social forum in Montreal-North, will take place on August 11, 12 and 13, 2017. This edition has been designed to build on the previous one and will echo the conferences and discussions that were held last year, while giving an extra boost and turning the discussions and learnings into actions. Celebrating racialized folks who use their genius and full potential to become the actors of their own collective growth will be the focus of the 2017 edition of Hoodstock.

HOODSTOCK will be a hub for innovate projects
In 2017, Hoodstock is turning into a hub for innovative projects that can concretely transform the life of citizens in Montreal North. Thus, on Saturday August 12, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, six projects will be presented by activists who work daily to improve the lives of citizens by tackling injustices and systemic inequalities head on through projects and ingenious ideas. The projects being put forward this year will focus on culture, media, health, research, digital technology, justice and job creation.
Some of these projects, such as the Community clinics in Montreal-North and the Juripop service will even be piloted, with free consultations for citizens through pop-up public service kiosks, throughout the entire day on August 12.

HOODSTOCK is building an International solidarity network
Hoodstock will feature several conferences and workshops, with renowned guests from France, the United States, and Canada, which aim to share best practices and collectively reflect on how we can build an international solidarity network. We are indeed convinced that in the current global context, we must urgently center the margins and organize in order to counter racism, inequalities and all forms of injustices. Assa Traoré (Author and founder of the Justice for Adama collective, France), and Kali Akuno (Activist and founder of Cooperation Jackson, USA), Desmond Cole (Journalist and documentary filmmaker, Toronto), Viviane Michel (President of the Federation of Quebec Native Women) have all confirmed their presence on August 12 to show their solidarity and join their efforts to ours.

HOODSTOCK is focusing on Youth
Young people will once again be at the heart of Hoodstock activities with five training sessions devoted to them. Workshops focused on hip hop, writing, video games creation, breakdance, introduction to visual media /video-making will be offered for free and will be led by committed and renowned artists such as Webster (Historian and rapper from Quebec), Meryem Saci (from Nomadic Massive) and Henri Pardo (Director, comedian and content creator).

HOODSTOCK is also an artistic and cultural rendez-vous
On August 13, we will celebrate the opening of Racines: the first bookstore, entirely devoted to racialized authors in Montreal which will be presenting on the 13th of august a literary meeting dedicated to the authors queer trans and racialised. We will also have an open mic night on Saturday, August 12, starting at 7:30 pm, allowing space for several artists to come together and celebrate with us the commitment, resilience and self-determination of our communities.

All the activities are free and accessible to all. Please check out the detailed program on our Hoodstock Facebook page or via our website http://www.hoodstock.ca/ and watch our promotional video.



For further information: Amel Zaazaa, amelia.zaazaa@gmail.com, 514-261-5334; and Nelly Bassily, nelly.bassily@gmail.com, 514-808-9107


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