The CINARS Biennale

Since 1984, every two years in Montreal, CINARS has been organizing one of the most important international showcases and networking events, gathering more than 1 550 professionals hailing from over 40 countries including 370 show presenters, some of whom are the most influential in the business. During one week, 150 shows from Quebec, elsewhere in Canada, and abroad grace the stages while workshops, networking events, as well as an exhibition hall are teeming with participants in some of Montreal’s main cultural venues.

After 17 editions, the CINARS Biennale has made a name for itself as a must-see multidisciplinary event in which participants can develop real international touring opportunities, build solid relationships with stakeholders from all over the world, and sharpen their professional skill set and knowledge base.

The 18th edition will take place in Montreal from November 12 to 17, 2018. It is with much enthusiasm that CINARS is proud to invite you to join us in taking part in another Biennale this year.

Pictures and Videos

CINARS BIENNALE 2016


Overview of the CINARS Biennale 2016:




Excerpts of the "Talks:
How to reinvent the audience's experience"?

Zena Barakat / IDEO (USA)


Geoffrey Gaquère / Espace Libre (Canada - QC)

Anthony Sargent / Luminato Festival (Canada - ON)


Excerpts of the "Talks:
How to develop a culture of innovation"?

Kiki Muukkonen / Subtopia (Sweden)


Janice Price / Banff Centre (Canada - AB)


Richard Evans / EmcArts Inc. (USA)


William Burdett-Coutts / Assembly, Riverside Studios & Brighton Comedy Festival (UK)



CINARS BIENNALE 2016 tribute:
Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin


CINARS Biennale 2016 photos:



CINARS BIENNALE 2014


Overview of the CINARS Biennale 2014:



CINARS Biennale 2014 delegates' wishes
for CINARS' 30th anniversary:



CINARS Biennale 2014 photos:


Team

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Nassib El-Husseini, Board of Directors President (Les 7 doigts de la main)

Chantal Cimon, Vice President (PLA'C'ART)

Marjorie Deschamps, Secretary-Treasurer (Résonances)

Alain Paré, Administrator (CINARS)

George Skalkogiannis, Administrator

Claude de Grandpré, Administrator (Théâtre Hector-Charland)

Philip Giffard, Administrator (Solotech)


EXECUTIVE TEAM


Alain Paré
President, Executive Director and Founder


Nadia Drouin
CINARS Biennale Director
ndrouin@cinars.org
+1 514 842 5866 #27


Élodie Lê
Coordinator
coordination@cinars.org
+1 514 842 5866 #22


Jessica Taillefer
Coordination Assistant
adjcoordo@cinars.org
+1 514 842 5866 #29


François Sammarco
Communications Director
communications@cinars.org
+1 514 842 5866 #26


Carolane Arsenault
Communication Agent
adjcom@cinars.org
+1 514 842 5866 #24


Matthieu Gagnon
OFF-CINARS Coordinator
off-cinars@cinars.org
+1 514 842 5866 #32


Gabriel Thériault
Activities Assistant
conferences@cinars.org
+1 514 842 5866 #21


Corinne Grosjean
Delegates Hospitality Coordinator
accueil@cinars.org
+1 514 842 5866 #23


Lison Cautain
Delegates Hospitality Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator
adjaccueil@cinars.org
+1 514 842 5866 #31


Sylvie Martel
Accountant
comptabilite@cinars.org
+1 514 842 5866 #28


Fei Gao
Project Manager
fei@cinars.org


Sung Eun Soleine JANG
South-Korea Project Manager
jseun69@gmail.com

Awards

To acknowledge the outstanding work of those who have contributed to the development of international touring in the performing arts, CINARS presents three awards during its Biennale.


"PRIX DU CALQ" FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL TOUR:

The Prix du CALQ for Best International Tour is presented every two years to the Quebec organization that has distinguished itself through the exceptional quality of its touring outside Quebec. The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) is pleased to offer a $10 000 grant to the recipient.

This award was given at the CINARS Biennale 2016 to La Troupe DuBunker for its production Le NoShow (Canada - Quebec).




AWARD FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL SHOW PRESENTER:

The Award for Best International Presenter is presented to the venue or festival presenter who has contributed the most to enhancing the international profile of artists and companies from Canada. The Canada Council for the Arts offers a $10 000 grant to the recipient to facilitate the presence and promotion of Canadian artists within their region over the next two years.

This award was presented at the CINARS Biennale 2016 to Suzanne Walker from Sadler's Wells (United Kingdom).




NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTION TO TOURING:

The National Arts Centre Award honours exceptional achievement in fostering the touring of live performing arts in Canada. The recipient may be an individual, performing company, corporation or other organization and will receive $2,500 as well as a specially-designed porcelain sculpture by Gatineau’s Paula Murray.

This award was given at the CINARS Biennale 2016 to Paul Tanguay (Canada - Quebec).




URIEL LUFT AWARD:

The Uriel Luft Award is presented by CINARS to a person who has provided outstanding support to the development of performing arts abroad.

This award was given at the CINARS Biennale 2016 to Menno Plukker from Menno Plukker Theatre Agent Inc. (Canada - Quebec



INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION AWARD:

Awarded by CINARS, the International Collaboration Award is a new prize dedicated to a Canadian company/organization and an international company/organization that has put together a collaborative project that benefits their community (co-production, residency, mediation, diffusion, etc.). The winners will get a 50% discount on their CINARS Biennale 2020 registrations.



PERFORMING ARTS LEADER AWARD:

For the first time, the CINARS Biennale will present an award recognizing a performing arts manager that stood out by their leadership, accomplishments, professionalism and innovative practice. In the goal of promoting the excellence of managers working in performing arts, this award crowns their dynamism and devotion as a manager in undertaking the mission of their organization.


DANCE AWARD-INTERNATIONAL DIFFUSION CATEGORY:

As part of its 35-year anniversary, CINARS has created the 8th Prix de la Danse de Montréal: the Dance Award-International Diffusion category. Awarded by CINARS, the prize is dedicated to a Canadian Dance Company that has put together an outstanding international tour. CINARS offers a $5 000 grant to the recipient.


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