On 28 May, the young Montreal designer Thomas Tait was awarded the prestigious LMVH Young Fashion Designer Prize in London. The 26 year old studied at the Collège LaSalle in Montreal and is the youngest student to have graduated from Central Saint Martin College of Art and Design’s Masters Programme. The London-based designer also won the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize in 2010.
Last Tuesday 27 May, the Québec Government Office in London welcomed some forty final year students from Québec’s Beauce-Appalaches College to their offices. The Social Sciences students, accompanied by six teachers, made the journey to London as part of their knowledge integration module. Their stay in the capital allowed them to deepen their understanding on a number of topics related, in varying degrees, to the United Kingdom and also gave them a chance to perfect their English language skills.
The Association pour la Création et la Recherche Électroacoustiques du Québec (ACREQ) is marking the second high point of French-Québec cultural collaboration in digital arts during the first edition of the International Digital Arts Biennial (BIAN), which is in full swing in Montréal until June 13, by giving France pride of place in its program.
On 21 May 2014, the Québec Government Office in London welcomed IPPR (Institute for Public Policy Research), a renowned British Think Tank specialised in Social Policies, for a seminar on Childcare (Childcare : A national strategic priority).
Export Québec, in collaboration with the Québec Government Office in Shanghai, organized a trade mission in April that enabled six Québec companies to participate in the China International Medical Equipment Fair 2013 (CMEF), the largest such event in the Asia-Pacific region. CMEF was held in Shenzhen, a city in the Hong Kong suburbs with over 10 million inhabitants.
Québec’s Minister of Health and Social Services, Réjean Hébert, recently signed a cooperation agreement in the area of health and social services with CONASS, the Brazilian national council of state health secretaries.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Québec Government Office in Paris, L’Invité, a program that airs on TV5Monde, will be in Québec from April 18 to 22 to interview major players in Québec-France relations.
The new award-winning psychological thriller by the young Québec actor-director Xavier Dolan, Tom at the Farm, was released in cinemas across the United Kingdom and Ireland on 4 April 2014. The thriller was in the official competition for last year’s BFI London Film Festival. The feature film, which is Xavier Dolan’s fourth production, is an adaptation of Michel Marc Bouchard’s stage play and also won the FIPRESCI award at the Venice International Film Festival in 2013.
Québec’s Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) has organised the first major international exhibition of the work of internationally acclaimed French couturier, Jean Paul Gaultier. Entitled The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk it will be staged at London’s Barbican Art Gallery between 9 April and 17 August, 2014.
This year the Québec Government Office in London, in collaboration with different London-based representations of members of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF), organised two activities to commemorate the Journée international de la Francophonie in the capital.
The debut novel of young Québec author and illustrator Alessandro Cassa, has just been published in Europe. The book entitled “Le professeur Acarus Dumdell et ses potions incongrues” is a fantasy story set around the early part of the last century in Meadowfield, United-Kingdom. The literary piece, also illustrated by the author, is already on sale in eight countries and has been well received by the critics.
At the Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland’s (ACSI) biannual symposium, the Québec Government Office in London presents to an Academic member of the ACSI, domiciled in Ireland, a Prize of 1000 euros to be used towards a study tour.
As part of a trade mission led by the research consortium Prompt and the green ICT initiative Équation, 25 participants from the industry in the fields of research, business and sectorial clusters travelled to London and Stockholm last January.
Bombardier has just been selected to supply trains for London’s Crossrail system. The intended contract, estimated at 1 billion pounds sterling (1,8 billion Canadian dollars), will see the company supply, deliver and maintain 65 new trains as well as a depot in Old Oak Common. The contract award should be formalised within a 10 day suspension period.
Québec continues to make its mark on the international film industry’s landscape, with fresh evidence again this year when Québec productions managed to sweep up 8 nominations for the 86th Academy Awards, which will take place on Sunday 2 March. The Academy Awards ceremony will be streamed live to 225 countries from Hollywood.