A video installation by ATSA and a coming together in solidarity!
awaits you this November 18 through 27 at Place Émilie-Gamelin (Berri-UQAM metro)!
THE SITE WILL BE OPEN FROM 4 P.M. TO MIDNIGHT, WITH COFFEE AND A WELCOME!
A huge video installation screened on containers and kitchen ranges – a throwback to ATSA’s very first intervention, The Sock Bank – awaits you, featuring images from previous État d’Urgence events as well as a new video titled Quand en aurez-vous assez! (“when will you have had enough?”) describing the indecently opulent wealth of some alongside the unmet needs of others...
As you no doubt already know, ATSA produced the État d'Urgence (“state of emergency”) event for 12 years. Since homelessness is still a relevant cause and because of the precious relationships we developed over the years with all the ÉU participants, we are simply unable to drop everything and give up the fight. While the État d’Urgence format has had to be streamlined chiefly due to a lack of sufficient recurring funding, ATSA’s new creation, “FIN NOVEMBRE”, carries on the mission of its predecessor: to bring street people and the general public together, and to mobilize people against the wealth gap that perpetuates social exclusion.
FIN NOVEMBRE promises to be a special moment to remind all present of the importance of carrying on the citizen involvement seen since 1998. For instance, just for the 2004 through 2010 editions, État d’Urgence was able to provide free of charge over 32,200 meals and overnight accommodations to 250 people each night, and count on the assistance of more than 2,238 volunteers who gave over 8,952 hours of their time. This unprecedented show of support and solidarity also enabled us to present hundreds of artists from all disciplines in a festive, vibrant and stimulating atmosphere while creating a great deal of exposure for a cause that is all too often swept under the carpet.
From November 18 to 27, FIN NOVEMBRE will salute the ongoing work done by community grassroots organizations that bring comfort and food to people at grips with everyday despair. It will include 7-à-9 get-togethers featuring circus, musical and spoken word performances. These evening gatherings will also be an opportunity for ATSA to collect and distribute appropriate donations for street people, with surplus going to Montreal’s shelters. The video installation will be screened from 4 P.M. to midnight!
FIN NOVEMBRE, another way to mobilize against the indecently widening wealth gap, and a great opportunity to get together again!