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Since 1981, calligraphers have gathered in a different city each year for the International Calligraphy Conference. Rendez-vous 2019 will take place from June 29 - July 6, 2019 in Sherbrooke, Québec. This unique event is open to calligraphers of all levels, from beginners to professionals. Participants can opt to take either one week-long course or two half-week classes, and everyone can take advantage of evening programming to include lectures, presentations and social activities.
The conference will take place at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Québec (2600 College St, Sherbrooke, QC J1M 1Z7, Canada).
A CAN$125 non-refundable deposit is required. When comes the time to choose from the different classes (Fall 2018), participants will rank their three first choices in order of preference. Classes are assigned in order of registration number, as long as the balance owed for tuition is paid by February 15, 2019. Please refer to our registration page for all of the details regarding fees, payments and dates. Please note that all prices are in Canadian dollars and include lodging and meals in the campus residence halls.
Classes will run from Sunday, June 30th through Friday, July 5th. Participants can opt to take either one week-long course or two half-week classes. Faculty and registration numbers will be announced in Fall 2018. Please sign up for our mailing list to receive all of the latest news and announcements.
The full conference fees include lodging and meals at Bishop’s University. The campus residence halls are newly renovated and while the rooms are not air conditioned, the residence halls have an air exchange that keeps temperatures comfortable. Bathrooms are en-suite, and bath and hand towels are provided. Each single room has its own sink, with a toilet and shower shared with another single room. Residence halls are located next to the cafeteria and are within a ¼ mile walking distance from classrooms.
Check-in will begin on Saturday, June 29, 2019, and check-out will be on Saturday, July 6th at 11AM. After check-out, participants may stay for lunch in the cafeteria if they wish.
If you live in the area or prefer to stay off campus, there are small inns and Airbnb rentals in the Lennoxville area of Sherbrooke, and the Delta Hotels (Marriott) is a 15 minute drive from campus. If you are looking for a RV park, Camping de l'Ile Marie is a 4 minute drive from campus.
The conference will be conducted primarily in English, but we will offer some classes taught in French and some classes will be bilingual.
If you plan to travel by plane, make sure to fly into the Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport (YUL). Direct shuttle service will be arranged between the airport and Bishop’s University/Sherbrooke for an additional fee. Sherbrooke is approximately 2 hours (112 miles or 180 kilometers) from the airport.
If you plan to travel by train, we recommend Via Rail. Stop at the Dorval station and take their free shuttle to the Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport (YUL). Direct shuttle service will be arranged between the airport and Bishop’s University/Sherbrooke for an additional fee. Sherbrooke is approximately 2 hours (112 miles or 180 kilometers) from the airport.
Bishop’s University is located at 2600 College St, Sherbrooke, QC J1M 1Z7, Canada. For those traveling from the United States by car, you can enter Canada through Vermont, via the Stanstead/Derby Line border crossing (U.S. Interstate 91 and Autoroute 55). The Stanstead port is the closest border crossing to Sherbrooke. If you are coming through New York, the Champlain/Lacolle border crossing (U.S. Interstate 87 and Autoroute 15) is closer to Montréal.
If you need financial assistance in order to attend the conference, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship with The Dancing Letters Scholarship Fund. This fund was established in 2010 in memory of Ann Van Tassell, an outgoing, vivacious and extremely talented artist. This fund provides financial assistance to those wishing to further their knowledge of calligraphy and its related arts through attending workshops, lectures, classes, or international, regional and local conferences. Since its inception, the Dancing Letters Scholarship Fundhas granted over $20,000 to more than 20 deserving applicants, allowing them to attend calligraphy classes or international conferences. Dancing Letters Scholarships are awarded based on need and a demonstrated interest in calligraphy and its related arts. Application information is available online at www.DancingLettersScholarshipFund.org
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