Community Show & Tell

With so much fun action happening across the city, we are creating a central location at Contois Auditorium in City Hall that will act as Highlight’s “headquarters.” At HQ, you’ll find a fun and relaxed environment where you can regroup, figure out your next event, take in some art, and learn more about Highlight. Throughout the day in this space, there will be a series of short workshops, TED-style talks, seminars, storytelling sessions, and other fun/wacky/serious/breath-taking creative exhibitions from members of our community speaking about their passions. Free coffee!

1:00–2:00pm: Say It Forward
2:15–3:00pm: Movement for Parkinsons
3:00–3:45pm: I Love Tibet with Migmar Tsering
4:00–4:30pm: Abenaki Sounds with Bran Blanchette
4:45–5:15pm: Thrive! BHS Lake Semester
5:45–6:15pm: Sabouyouma

This event has been generously supported by:

Presenters include:

Say It Forward

Say It Forward Productions was founded by comedic storytellers Susanne Schmidt and Kevin Gallagher. They create collaborations with organizations throughout New England to produce high quality performances. Say It Forward is committed to helping groups drive their mission forward through the use of storytelling. Joining them in this adventure are the talented musicians Steve Goldman, Dave Ball and Jom Hammack, the men of The Brevity Thing, who provided the amazing soundtrack to each unique performance. Need help developing your organization’s narrative? Or want to learn more about how storytelling fits in your institution? Contact Say It Forward at www.sayitforwardproductions.org.

Movement for Parkinson’s

Movement for Parkinson’s offers people with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners movement classes and a community in Burlington, Montpelier, Middlebury, and St Albans. The classes, taught by sara McMahon are designed to engage participants’ mind and body in a supportive and nurturing social environment that emphasizes enjoyment, fun, and creativity, with an eye towards connecting with the community. Classes are infused with a diverse selection of music (sometimes live accompaniment from the Burlington Taiko Drummers) that inspires and invigorates the spirit. This class is specifically designed for people who wish to continue moving dynamically as the body adapts to mobility challenges.

Participants are encouraged to move at their own comfort level and adapt movements to meet their own need/ability. Volunteer Teaching Assistants, trained in the Movement for Parkinson’s method are available in most classes to assist with anyone who needs additional support. Movement for Parkinson’s involves itself in the larger community by providing lectures/demonstrations, informal presentations, and performances. Movement for Parkinson’s developed a Teaching Assistant program to insure that the classes have adequate support for each Movement for Parkinson’s dancer. To this date we have 10 teaching assistants volunteering their time and energy.

Movement for Parkinson’s dancers are delighted to be included in Burlington’s Highlight Festival. They will be showcasing excerpts from a class as well as from a work in progress that highlights the movement making magic of and contagious energy of the group. They encourage people with any level of mobility to participate.

I Love Tibet with Migmar Tsering

Join local musician and City of Burlington employee Migmar Tsering as he takes you on a musical and visual journey of his deep love and respect for his homeland, Tibet. His work is deeply moving and weaves together music, storytelling and projections.

Bryan Blanchette

Bryan Blanchette is an Abenaki Singer/Songwriter, and Berklee College of Music Alumni who has been singing on the North East Powwow drum circuit for over twenty years. In 2010 along with his Drum group the Black Hawk Singers started writing, and performing new Abenaki language songs. In 2015 they released their second Cd, “New Songs For the Abenaki”. Bryan is currently writing and performing contemporary Abenaki Language songs. with plans of a contemporary Abenaki album release in the spring of 2019.

Thrive! BHS Lake Semester

Thrive in the New Year. A projected art piece featuring 23 different art pieces each created by students in the Burlington City and Lake semester focused on different aspects of what makes a community thrive. They are both still images and short videos, each associated with a different aspect of what makes a community thrive. These words include identity, diversity, friendship, nature, and many more. These have been created in collaboration with local artist Mary Lacy and are inspired by what our program has learned so far this semester about what our community needs in order to thrive.

Sabouyouma

Come in from the Parade and warm up with danceable tunes from Sabouyouma! Sabouyouma is a high energy 7-piece polyrhythmic Afro-Funk groove machine led by Guinean-born Ousmane Camara: the band’s front man, composer, and master Balafonist (the Balafon is a West-African marimba). If Camara is the heart and soul of Sabouyouma, then Senegalese percussionist Assane Coly is the backbone. With his fluency in the Senegalese vocal-drum language, and his religious roots in the Bayefal sect of Sufism, his rhythms often feel like percussive praise poetry that mystically conjurs the audience into motion.