Dear Friends: Since my last message in mid-April, the Québec Government Office in London has organised and participated in many exciting commercial and cultural events promoting Québec in the UK, Ireland and across the Nordic countries.
In May, I was privileged to attend the G7 Summit held in La Malbaie in Québec where I had the opportunity to discuss trade issues with the Prime Minister of Québec, Mr. Philippe Couillard, and join him for his bilateral session with the British Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.
Also in May, the Québec Government and the British Council launched their biannual call for cultural projects. This programme, “Québec – UK Connections 2019-20”, supports collaborative projects involving artists and cultural organizations in Québec and the UK, to develop exchange projects and cultural partnerships. Those wishing to submit an application for this great programme, which has helped foster cooperation between Québec and the UK since 2002, have until the 30th of September to do so here (for Québec participants) or here (for UK participants).
On June 17th, I had the pleasure of participating in celebrations for the National Day of Iceland and was honoured to meet with the President of Iceland, Mr. Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, as well as the Foreign Minister of Iceland, Mr. Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson.
On June 19th, I joined with Canada’s Ambassador to Iceland, Dr. Anne-Tamara Lorre, to celebrate Québec’s Fête Nationale and Canada Day together. It was a great well-attended party with numerous Icelandic, Canadian and Québécois guests enjoying a culinary feast of Québec products prepared by Chef Jonathan Lapierre from the Québec Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (l’Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec).
On June 21st, we welcomed over a hundred political, business and cultural partners of the Québec Government Office in London to celebrate Québec’s Fête Nationale. On Saturday June 23rd, we hosted our now famous Fête Nationale family event with more than 200 Québécois and friends of Québec gathering in the Magic Garden pub in London for festivities and entertainment sponsored by National Bank and Ungava Gin. Under sunny London skies we enjoyed the traditional Québec dish of poutine while listening to singer Jessica Pruneau - who hails from the Beauce region of Québec - perform famous Québec songs, while some lucky attendees won some great raffle prizes, donated by our partners and ourselves.
This July, our Economics and the Investment Québec teams will be at Farnborough, the International Aerospace Show which is of primordial importance for global trade in this industry. Québec always has a strong presence at this unique event, and this year will be no exception, as the Québec Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, Ms. Dominique Anglade, will attend, accompanied by a commercial deputation from Québec.
Our Cultural team are looking forward to a very busy summer season! In August, Québec artists will bring Québec culture to Sweden with seven different Québec shows and events presented as part of “Focus Canada” at the Stockholm Culture Festival. At Edinburgh’s festivals, thirteen Québec artists/companies and writers will represent our very creative nation. Some of the highlights will be a play co-produced by Québec and Scotland talent, a contemporary ice dancing show as well as four circus shows at the Fringe; a Québec author at the Edinburgh International Book Festival; and no less than six musicians and musical groups playing and singing in various styles, from classical to opera to traditional music, and performing at the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF). For more information on Québec cultural events at Edinburgh, please look out for our upcoming special brochure, “Québec Culture @ Edinburgh’s Festivals 2018”, which will be published in mid-July.
I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!
Mr. John A. Coleman