The ZH Festival, which has animated the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district for 12 years, changes its name.
Like the late Montreal Impact, the ZH Festival has decided to change its identity and start again under a new name. Now baptized // SAS // Creation laboratory, this new non-profit organization pursues its mission of supporting the emergence of the performing arts, but expands its territory outside the metropolis.
Following a reflection project, the organization noted that the artists requested more places of residence, which led to the name change, explains the general and artistic co-director, Sylvain Chartier.
Three creative residencies were therefore set up this year. They will be held in June in three regions of Quebec: Bas-St-Laurent, Estrie and Gaspésie. Writing, visual arts and music are the preferred disciplines for these residencies.
Known among others for having been a member of the music group Miss Sassoeur & Les Sassys, Sylvain Chartier has just arrived at // SAS //. He shares the role of general and artistic direction with the actress Mellissa Larivière, founder of the ZH Festival.
What attracted him to take on this mandate with the // SAS // was his mission focused on the emerging art scene.
“This is what turns me on the most and this is what needs the most, especially at this time with the pandemic.”
Sylvain Chartier fears that presenters are more and more reluctant to program emerging artists, that they prefer to bet on more famous personalities to maximize ticket sales.
A summer festival
The last edition of the ZH Festival took place in 2019. The // SAS // Festival will take up the torch from August 9 to 28, 2021 with a summer event “more nomadic in the city” than its predecessor.
“Before, the ZH Festival was only concentrated in the Mercier – Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough. There, we broke the formula a bit with new partners, ”recounts Sylvain Chartier.
Creations / laboratories from various disciplines will be presented at the Théâtre La Chapelle, the Espace Libre and the Théâtre Aux Écuries, but the festival does not leave the district where it was born.
“We still keep a good foot in the borough. We are going to present outdoor shows in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. ” – Sylvain Chartier, general and artistic co-director
Montreal artists wishing to participate in the festival or in residences have until February 12 to submit their project.