Marking the conclusion of her mission to the UK, including stops in Glasgow (Scotland) and London, Christine St-Pierre, Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, provided an upbeat assessment of the meetings she attended and reiterated her firm conviction that maintaining and strengthening Québec’s cultural links with the UK is of the utmost importance. Accompanied by Québec’s Agent-General in London, Pierre Boulanger, and by various cultural attachés from Québec’s Government Office in London, the Minister met with a number of senior officials with a view to promoting Québec’s cultural interests.
In Glasgow, Ms. St-Pierre discussed urban cultural development and heritage protection with the Scottish Minister of External and European Affairs and Culture, Linda Fabiani, and expressed support for a major market development initiative that enabled six Québec folk music groups to perform at the Celtic Connections festival. Québec was the guest of honour at this year’s event—the largest of its kind in Scotland.
In London, Ms. St-Pierre met with the British Minister of Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism, Barbara Follett, to review cultural exchanges between Québec and the UK and to explore new areas of cooperation. Other topics of discussion included cinematographic co-productions and a creative studio for Québec artists and writers that the Government of Québec plans to build in the UK capital this year.
At the Peacock Theatre, Ms. St-Pierre attended the London premiere of Traces, conceived by Les 7 doigts de la main (The 7 Fingers), a Québec-based drama company. Following the performance, the Minister met with the directors of Sadler’s Wells, which runs the Peacock Theatre. She also met with distributors and representatives from Britain’s circus and performing arts industries with a view to promoting Québec’s expertise in these areas.
Ms. St-Pierre capped off her visit at the British Library, which recently partnered with Québec on the UK promotional campaign for Québec City’s 400 anniversary celebrations.
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