VEQ Fall Fest brings community together

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Shannon Irish Dancers gave a beautiful performance during the VEQ Fall Fest.

Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ)’s annual Fall Fest is always a much-anticipated event for the members of the anglophone community. Once again this year, Mother Nature smiled down on those who gathered at St. Vincent Elementary School’s gymnasium and playground on a bright, sunny Saturday, Sept. 15.

While adults visited information tables at the community group and business showcase in the gymnasium, children bounced around on inflatable castles and slides outside. There was also a Kids’ Zone where youngsters could have their faces painted or do some colouring themselves. The Code Mobile demonstrations attracted many young people who could learn basic coding and practise on laptops. The hit, though, had to be the Be Active Québec zone, where kids could whip up their own smoothies in a blender attached to the back wheel of a stationary bicycle. Quebec High School students barbecued hot dogs and served drinks and other snacks throughout the day. 

Entertainment was provided on a stage set up just outside the gymnasium. The first group to perform were the Shannon Irish Dancers, who kicked up their heels to the delight of those gathered around. 

A beautifully costumed group of dancers from Studio Danse Mirage gave a demonstration of bharatanatyam and bhangra dances from India. 

Members of the Quebec Art Company surprised everyone with a “flash mob” performance of excerpts from their hugely successful spring production of Jesus Christ Superstar (JCS). Director Peter Black spoke about upcoming plays, A Streetcar Named Desire in late November and Noises Off in the spring, and after hinting that the next musical, in fall 2019, would be Fiddler On the Roof, the cast of JCS burst out singing “Sunrise, Sunset!”  

Another troupe of beautifully dressed dancers from the group Communauté Indonesienne et sa Culture à Québec presented dances from Indonesia. 

The final stage presentation was storytime, much appreciated by tired youngsters and their parents. 
Relive the day with our Fall Fest photo montage! 
 
All photos by QCT photo-journalist Cassandra Kerwin.
The Quebec Art Company performed hits from their latest production, Jesus Christ Superstar. Julian Dawson, who played the role of Judas, sings “Every time I look at you, I don’t understand.” 
 
Deputy mayor Michelle Morin-Doyle, Pointe-de-Sainte-Foy city councillor Anne Corriveau, VEQ executive director Brigitte Wellens and Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap Rouge city councillor Rémy Normand attend Fall Fest. In the background, children enjoy the inflatable games and playground equipment.  
 
Bharatanatyam and bhangra dances, presented by members of Studio Danse Mirage, inspired by the cultures of India, add ed to the colour and music at Fall Fest.    
 
Face painting is always popular with children.  
 
Everyone loves a bouncy castle, and this one was an immediate success.