Québec Premier Jean Charest paid tribute to 50 individuals for their outstanding contribution to the development of Québec society. In the 1960s, at a time when Québec was undergoing fundamental changes, these women and men helped bring about political, economic, cultural and social changes whose effects are still being felt today.
The 13th Francophone Summit is being held in Montreux, Switzerland, from October 22 to 24. Québec Premier Jean Charest and Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will be taking part in the event, which brings together the heads of state and government of countries with the French language in common.
As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations for the International Francophone Organization (OIF), the Francophone Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEPF) and the Francophone Demographic and Statistical Observatory (ODSEF) recently organized a panel discussion at Laval University addressing the theme of “Sustainable development and value added for La Francophonie”.
Two awards sponsored by the Ministère des Relations internationales and the Consulate General of France in Québec City were presented to researchers from Québec and France at the 66th Annual Gala of the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) held on October 7 in Montréal.
Québec City will be co-hosting the 2016 Universal Forum of Cultures together with Amman, Jordan. For the very first time, the Universal Forum of Cultures Foundation, headed by Barcelona mayor Jordi Hereu, selected two cities to host this international event.
The city of Sherbrooke is hosting an impressive French delegation primarily from Montpellier and the Languedoc-Roussillon region for a week of discussions on France and Québec. Focusing on academic affairs, science, politics and tourism, the activities will begin on October 4 and 5 with the 3rd meeting of professionals responsible for university cooperation between France and Québec.
Don't miss the Silk Road Theatre Project's much-anticipated production of Wajdi Mouawad's Scorched, directed by Dale Heinen.
Chicago Magazine put it at the top of their 2010 Fall Theatre Preview and Catey Sullivan writes, "Silk Road scores a major coup snagging the Chicago premiere of this Sophoclean tragedy by the Lebanon-born playwright Wajdi Mouawad...part war story, part epic quest, part thriller, and part domestic drama...your only chance this season to hear from a gifted writer whose star is on the rapid rise."
Tickets are available on SRTP's website and associates of the Quebec Government Office in Chicago receive a 20% discount on tickets by entering the code QUEBEC at check out.
This past September 24, Québec Delegate General in New York John Parisella spoke at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C. Mr. Parisella’s talk dealt with the Québec Government’s U.S. Strategy and focused primarily on initiatives undertaken by its representatives in Washington and the Mid Atlantic region.
The Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, began a visit to South Africa today. She will be representing Québec at the 5th Conference of Heads of Government of Partner Regions, which will be held on September 28 and 29 in Cape Town. In addition to attending this political forum, Minister Gagnon-Tremblay will be heading up an economic mission to Johannesburg that includes representatives of some fifteen Québec companies and organizations looking to develop their activities in South Africa.
The long-awaited new production from Cirque du Soleil is named IRIS: A Journey Through the World of Cinema and will take up residence next summer at the mythical Kodak Theatre, the home of the Academy Awards ceremony.
Incendies, written and directed by Denis Villeneuve, was adapted from the stage play of internationally acclaimed Québec playwright Wajdi Mouawad. Garnering great acclaim at both the Venice Mostra and Telluride, winner of the Best Canadian Film at the Toronto International Film Festival and now heading to Pusan, Incendies has enjoyed an impressive run on the film festival circuit.
The 2010 Rapsat-Lelièvre award, which pays tribute this year to an artist from Wallonia-Brussels, has been presented to the Brussels-based folk-rock group BaliMurphy for its album Poussière (Dust). The group will officially receive the award at a ceremony in Montreal on November 8 in conjunction with the Coup de Cœur Francophone festival.
On September 12 and 13, following an initiative of Québec’s Ministery for Economic Development and in collaboration with the organization DPME, a delegation of 21 companies from Québec gathered in Eau Claire, WI, to meet with buyers from Menards.
Québec Premier Jean Charest spoke at the opening ceremony for Climate Week NYC, which was held in New York City on September 20. He took the opportunity to promote Québec’s leadership in the fight against climate change and to focus attention on the environment and green technology industry’s growing role in Québec. Mr. Charest was accompanied by Pierre Arcand, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks.
A symposium entitled “Hector Fabre and France/French Canada/Québec Relations, 1882-1960” was held in Québec City on September 16-17. Some 25 speakers took part in the event, which brought together former members of parliament and history specialists. Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, was the special invited guest.
The Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, is delighted by the appointment of Michel Robitaille as Québec Delegate General in Paris. Mr. Robitaille will begin his duties on October 4 and also act as the personal representative of the Premier with the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.