CINARS, which has been organizing one of the most important international showcases for the performing arts since 1984, has decided to postpone its 19th edition of the CINARS Biennale to May 24th to 29th, 2021.
For the past 36 years, The organization’s goal with the CINARS Biennale has been to create a global gathering place to showcase the talent and originality of artists from Quebec, Canada and abroad, with the goal of developing international tours. The majority of these performers have seen their events cancelled, postponed, and their revenues decline or disappear. In addition, health restrictions for international travel and cultural venues are at the heart of the issues in the performing arts. Therefore, CINARS cannot guarantee at the present moment that international performers will be able to travel to Montreal next November, nor that the event will be able to be held properly. The safety and health of all are paramount for the organization. The Biennale has always focused on international exchanges; without the assured attendance of our international participants, CINARS management found it preferable and responsible to postpone the event until May 2021.
The results of the survey CINARS conducted last April among more than 800 performing arts professionals around the world support their decision and indicate a resumption of activities, the majority of which will take place in the spring of 2021. The CINARS Biennale will begin prior to the Festival TransAmériques (FTA), which takes place around the same time. Registration for the CINARS Biennale will open in the fall.
CINARS establishes ongoing links with performing arts professionals internationally. In order to maintain these essential relationships with international networks of contacts and to consolidate activities in 2021, they have decided to create a new digital event, CINARS WEB, to be held in November 2020. Details concerning CINARS WEB, which will be a separate event from the CINARS Biennale and its programming, will be communicated shortly.
Source: CINARS newsletter