New closure of cultural venues: deep disappointment and misunderstandings

New closure of cultural venues: deep disappointment and misunderstandings

The director of the Maison du cinéma de Sherbrooke Alexandre Hurtubise during the reopening last July. Some misunderstandings persist among the leaders of places of cultural dissemination, even if they comply with the directives of public health.

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Steve Bergeron La Tribune SHERBROOKE – Even if the news seemed predictable with the figures of the last few days, the disappointment is great in the Estrie cultural community. Due to constraints associated with the red zone, theaters, museums and cinemas all have to close their doors. The broadcasters are therefore showing a good big dose of good heart against this bad fortune … with a tad of incomprehension.

“We were on a roll! Already 56 performances since the reopening in July and the public responded very well! We were very often at our capacity of 190 places ”, notes Bernard Caza, artistic director of the Vieux Clocher de Magog.

“It's sad, we need these activities because people's morale is bad at the moment. Of course, if someone asked me if we should continue, I would answer yes. No positive case has occurred with us since the reopening. But if I am told that we have had too many cases in the region and that we would be almost guaranteed to have positive people in the room, we will not run after the disorder, ”adds Bernard Caza.

New closure of cultural venues: deep disappointment and misunderstandings

Bernard Caza is artistic director of the Vieux Clocher de Magog. La Tribune, archives, Jessica Garneau

“For us, this is semi-news”, comments the director of the Cultural Center of the University of Sherbrooke, Mario Trépanier, who saw the blow coming for a few days already.

“I'm disappointed like everyone else, but when we came up with the right programming for social distancing, we knew it was fragile and could be stopped if we went red. “

Since the resumption of activities at the beginning of October, the Cultural Center had found a certain way to go, specifies Mario Trépanier. “When the first 28 days were announced, when the Prime Minister told the population that it was better not to go out and that he declared the first red zones, we felt a very strong slowdown, but the pace had since picked up. It could vary from show to show. We weren't at 250 tickets sold for everyone, but we got a few. “

The performance of Natasha Kanapé Fontaine's show, this Tuesday, November 10, will take place as planned. “Unless the artist contacts us to tell us that she is not comfortable. But the Petite Salle, which can accommodate 54 places with the distancing, is almost complete. We will still be understanding if some spectators feel uncomfortable under the circumstances. “

Ironically, this show is an additional one to the one presented on March 12, 2020, the last offered by the Cultural Center before the first confinement.

New closure of cultural venues: deep disappointment and misunderstandings

The director of the Cultural Center of the University of Sherbrooke, Mario Trépanier La Tribune, archives, Stéphanie Vallières

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The Sherbrooke House of Cinema announced around 4 p.m. yesterday on its Facebook page that it would close its doors again at midnight Thursday, as ordered by Public Health. But a form of misunderstanding persists within Alexandre Hurtubise's team.

“We continue to ask on what basis we close cinemas in the red zone. It is difficult to understand, the measures have not even been tightened at the transition from yellow to orange, so it was going well in the eyes of Public Health. If the government has data showing that closing cultural venues can have a marked positive impact on public health, we are obviously behind them. We just want to see this data, to understand. “

The owners say that “the increase in traffic was constant until the closure of over 50 percent of theaters in early October.”

The team ends by inviting the population to think locally for their holiday shopping. “Our downtown area and our region are full of wonderful gift ideas and even though the business is closed at the moment, the gift cards never expire! “

Maude Charland-Lallier, director of the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke, for her part declared: “From Thursday, we will unfortunately have to close the museum. We will maintain the connection with the community in a virtual way in an attempt to bring some comfort through the arts in this uncertain time. Moreover, we invite the population to participate in the Museum's Virtual Arts Beehives. “

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