Big Ideas at the ArtsEverywhere Festival


Big Ideas in Improvisation: Fred Moten & Vijay Iyer

Friday, May 28, 7PM EDT
Online event
Register to attend this event on IICSI’s website

Musagetes and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) are proud to present the inaugural Big Ideas in Improvisation lecture, in partnership with the ArtsEverywhere Festival. On May 28th, 2021, we will invite cultural theorist/poet/scholar Fred Moten and composer/pianist/bandleader/Harvard professor Vijay Iyer into conversation, exploring how improvisation has shaped their lives, their works, and their worldviews. This event is free & open to the public — register now!

The annual Big Ideas in Improvisation series will showcase provocative thinkers and creative practitioners in a public forum as they share ideas and insights about the power, expansive force, and urgency of improvisation. These public lectures, aimed at a general audience, will encourage us to consider how the artistic practices of improvisation developed by creative practitioners can translate into broader spheres of influence and action. Improvisational practices can put pressure on unquestioned assumptions, help us discover new ways of being, and put into action potential solutions to some of our most pressing contemporary global challenges.


The Roads of Yemoja: Presentation by Laeïla Adjovi
And coming up on Thursday, May 20th at 2PM EDT the ArtsEverywhere Festival will be hosting a presentation by Beninese and French journalist Laeïla Adjovi on her ongoing project The Roads of Yemoja. Set between Benin, Nigeria and Cuba, her research follows the rites of a West African Deity, Yemoja, from what was once called “the slave coast” to the largest island of the Caribbean sea. The Roads of Yemoja is a multidisciplinary project about African spirituality, cultural resistance, disseminated collective memory, and creolization.

This presentation and conversation will take place on May 20th at 2pm as a Zoom Webinar. Register here.

Online Screenings
At the beginning of June we’re presenting two free online screenings: Recent films by Bolivian director Miguel Hilari, and an album-length video from electronic duo LAL. Both of these events will include a Q&A with the artists following the screening.

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ArtsEverywhere Festival
103-6 Dublin Street South
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4L5