Lumiere 2017: 8 CBU installations to watch for

Lumiere graphic with datesCaptivating, exciting, contemporary, inviting. These are just a few words that have been used to describe the Annual Lumière Arts Festival. Each year, artists come together to fascinate people around Sydney with demonstrations that exercise the mind and soul.

This year, there will be a lot of familiar faces participating! Come out and support the artistic endeavours of Cape Breton University Faculty, Staff and Alumni. Whether you’re in the mood to watch a skit or make a delicious snack, there is something for everyone.

Don’t miss out, there is an expected turnout of over 10,000 people this year!

Here is a list of CBU Faculty, Staff and Alumni contributions to check out:

Tuesday Sept. 19, 6:00-8:00p.m.
Better Bite Community Kitchen, 37 Nepean St.

The café was facilitated by CBU’s own Dr. Tanya Brann-Barrett along with Leigh Potvin. Tanya is the Dean of Research, Community and Graduate Studies as well as a Communication professor. She uses multi-media and art to guide discussion about people’s perception of community. Through coming together and creating a tomato sauce, guests cultivated an in-depth discussion about how food plays a role in community-building.



Saturday Sept. 23, 7p.m.-Midnight
My Fair Ladies Ethical Emporium, 48 Prince St.

Artist Pamela Johnson is an MBA, CED Alumni with a passion for social issues. With a background in theatre, writing, improv and visual art, she uses different mediums to communicate various social justice perspectives through her artwork. Pamela puts a specific focus on women’s leadership. She is a former board member and volunteer for community-based art projects and festivals.

Pamela’s specific focus in this exhibition is inspired by a concept outlined in Virginia Woolf’s book “A Room of One’s Own”, which focuses on women needing their own space to create.  Stop by on Saturday and nourish your critical thinking skills!

Saturday Sept. 23, 7p.m.-Midnight
NDCSI Convent lawn, 37 Nepean St.

Calling all poetry junkies! Now is your chance to reflect some of your character into artwork shared within the community!

Sean Howard has published three collections of poetry, and is adjunct Professor of Political Science at CBU. Basma Kavanagh is a Nova Scotia poet, visual artist, and letterpress printer.

Sean keeps a focus on issues having to do with war, peace, and the environment. Those who attend POEMTREE will have the chance to share some of their favorite poetry in the form of hanging them from tree branches. Contribute your own perspective through the voices of poets that speak to you personally.

Saturday Sept. 23, 7p.m.-Midnight
Connors Basics, 350 Charlotte St.

Have you ever felt like you needed a special space, just for you? A space where you can concentrate, be productive, and manifest positive self-talk? Come to ON-THE-JOB AND OFF-THE-CLOCK and be a part of the discussion facilitated by Nicole MacDougall and Carina Magazzeni.

Nicole MacDougall is the Research Administration Officer for Research and Graduate studies at CBU, and has also contributed greatly to the CBU Students’ Union Women’s Centre. Nicole and Carina are creating an environment where people can feel comfortable, understood, and discuss what it takes to help them succeed. This event puts a specific focus on femmes in the workplace.

Saturday Sept. 23, 7p.m.
Charlotte St.

Come out and rock out to a unique sound! CBU’s Pipe Band will be performing on Charlotte Street, led by Ryan MacNeil, along with local youth.

Saturday Sept. 23, 7p.m.-Midnight
Ed’s Books and More, 446 Charlotte St.

Local vocal ensemble Endnotes has been a familiar name in Cape Breton. If you stop by Ed’s Books and More on Saturday, you’ll hear a selection of old favorites and new creations. Enjoy classical music and contemporary pop, or maybe even some traditional music, all a Capella. This ensemble is led by Todd Pettigrew, an Associate Professor of English at CBU.

Think you have what it takes to be a member? Endnotes is looking for new additions from all vocal ranges! If interested, email for details.

Saturday Sept. 23, 7p.m.-Midnight
Old Sydney Society Museum, 175 Charlotte St.

This event will be facilitated by Sheila Christie, an Applied Theatre professor at CBU. She puts a focus on using artistic practice as a tool for shaping identity. Stop by the Old Sydney Society Museum on Saturday and see ten complete strangers acting out and naming some of the challenges our community commonly faces.

There will also be an interactive component, where those who attend can view an art wall which outlines the obstacles that prevent people in our community from sharing their lives and communities with one another.

Saturday Sept. 23, 7p.m.-Midnight
NDCSI, 37 Nepean St.

Often, science and art remain two very separate concepts in society. This exhibition brings these concepts together in harmony.

The Art Room is an artist-run, non-profit studio that encourages creativity and community engagement. Organized by Barb Glassey and members of the Art Room, it will feature a large stained glass window which explores the relationship between art and science.

There are so many great installations to check out this weekend that are bound to fill the minds of our community with innovation and creativity. Be a part of something that enriches community discussion and artistic growth in Cape Breton. You will not be disappointed!

View the full Lumiere Guide here.