Québec Government Representative in Chicago Éric Marquis, and Mayor of Kankakee, Illinois, Nina Epstein, inaugurated the Kankakee French Heritage Museum on July 28 before a crowd of some one hundred people, including the Consul-General of France and the official representatives of Belgium and Wallonia.
The France-Québec and Québec-France associations held their 18th joint congress from July 12 to 14 in Montréal. The theme of the congress, which attracted over 300 participants, was “Our Network: Building a New Future.” The Québec Minister of Tourism, Pascal Bérubé attended the event.
Amongst the twelve important international festivals held in Edinburgh annually, six take place in August: the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Book Festival, the Art Festival, the Mela Festival and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. It is for four out of these six festivals that Edinburgh will welcome a large array of Québec artists this year, at least 11, representing disciplines as wide ranging as theatre, contemporary figure-skating, music, literature, puppetry and visual arts.
At the conclusion of the economic mission that he headed from 13 to 17 July in the United Kingdom, Québec Economy, Innovation and Exports Minister Jacques Daoust, presented a positive assessment of Québec’s presence at the 49th Farnborough International Airshow, which ended on Sunday 20 July, 2014.
At the close of the 62nd Farnborough International Airshow, Sam Hamad, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, gave a positive assessment of Québec’s participation, which included some twenty businesses and organizations, in the trade mission he headed from July 8 to 12.
From 14 to 20 July, the United-Kingdom is home to the 64th Farnborough International Airshow (FIA). Mr Jacques Daoust, Minister for the Economy, Innovation and Exports, is leading a business delegation comprised of industrialists and organisations from Québec’s aerospace industry. His presence at the fair’s Québec pavilion, “Redefining the horizon”, alongside flagships of Québec’s aerospace industry such as Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney Canada, CAE as well as equipment manufacturers and suppliers, affords a key opportunity to underline Québec’s world prominence as a hub for the aerospace industry and to promote this flourishing sector of its economy.
This month, soldiers of the Quebec-based Royal 22e Régiment will be forming the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace, St. James’ Palace and the Tower of London on 14, 16 and 18 in honour of the regiment’s centenary and all those served it at home and abroad in two world wars and subsequent international actions.
Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade Sam Hamad and Minister of Health and Social Services Yves Bolduc participated in the 2012 International Convention of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in Boston from June 18 to 20.
On 22 June for the twelfth year running, in collaboration with the National Bank of Canada, Fasken-Martineau and TV5Monde, the Québec Government Office in London marked Québec’s National Day with an event held in the grounds of the Gherkin, an ecological skyscraper situated in the business district of the City of London. Close to 350 guests attended the celebrations.
The 2012 edition of the Conference of Montreal, held from June 11 to 14, drew an estimated 3,000 participants from around the world, who converged on Québec’s largest city to hear renowned guest speakers explore topical issues related to globalization and the economy. Held under the theme “A Global Economy in Transition: New Strategies, New Partnerships,” this year’s Conference highlighted the broad transformations under way in countries and regions around the world and the importance of understanding the impact of these changes on the global economy. The Ministère des Relations internationales (MRI) was responsible for interdepartmental coordination of this major event.
On 9 June, the Québec Government Office in London welcomed art enthusiasts for a special visual arts event, as part of Artêria Gallery’s 5th participation in Affordable Art Fair (AAF) which took place in Hampstead last week, from 12 to 15 June.
Québec Premier Mr. Philippe Couillard and the Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language, Ms. Hélène David, offer their congratulations to Xavier Dolan, on his receiving the Prix du jury award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his feature film Mommy.
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.