Under the heading of music, this year’s festival season got under way with Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, the world’s biggest francophone music festival. From June 10 to 19, the 22nd edition of Les FrancoFolies treats French music buffs to indoor concerts and over 160 free outdoor shows. The program for the festival’s 22nd edition features the largest-ever contingent from France.
John Parisella, Québec’s Delegate General in New York, was among the guest speakers at the New York Rail Summit held in Albany on June 14. Focusing on high-speed rail links, this major event was organized by the New York High Speed Rail Coalition and the Empire State Development Corporation, New York State’s economic development agency.
Québec’s new world youth agency, Office Québec-Monde pour la Jeunesse (OQMJ), which completes the government’s offering in terms of foreign stays for young people, will receive $1.5 million per year in financial support. The investment will provide young Quebecers with support through access to a wide variety of personal and occupational experience abroad.
Montréal provided the setting for Premier Jean Charest’s first official meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon on May 28 during Mr. Calderon’s two-day visit to Canada. They were joined by Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Patricia Espinosa, as well as by the Ministers of the Economy, Transport, Communications and Tourism. Pierre Arcand, Quebec’s Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, also attended.
Last year, some 4,300 people took part in international youth mobility projects organized by Québec’s International Youth Offices (Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec/LOJIQ). The organization paid tribute to the excellence of 12 such projects at the second edition of the LOJIQ awards ceremony, which was held at the National Assembly on May 25.
In conjunction with the visit of Bernard Cerquiglini, rector of the Academic Agency of La Francophonie (AUF), the Government of Québec recently signed an agreement aimed at fostering and promoting academic cooperation with the AUF in various priority areas, including the rule of law, democracy, the environment and sustainable development. The agreement will make it easier for francophones from around the world to study in Québec.
Last Train Home, by Montréal filmmaker Lixin Fan, won the prestigious Golden Gate Award in the documentary feature category at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF), one of the most respected filmfests in the United States and the oldest in North America.
Thanks to this new tool, the Ministère des Relations internationales plans to enhance awareness within major international bodies such as the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) of Québec civil society’s expertise in the priority areas of peace, democracy, governance and human rights.
In the course of his mission to Haiti, Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, met with President René Préval on April 30. Agenda items included national reconstruction efforts, emergency measures and Québec companies’ potential role in the reconstruction. Mr. Préval noted that Haiti’s recovery would inevitably hinge on education-related initiatives.
A new tool will make it possible to develop and calculate the complete eco-balance (environmental balance sheet) of projects, technologies and services in Québec. A database will be used to store lifecycle analysis (LCA) information, from extraction of raw materials through end-of-life processing. The database will be developed by the Interuniversity Research Centre for the Lifecycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG).
Over 100 artists from Québec, Canada and abroad are part of the line-up for the 11th edition of the MUTEK International Festival of Digital Creativity and Electronic Music, to be held from June 2 to 6.
Montréal City of Glass features more than 100 glass-themed exhibitions and activities that will be undertaken in more than 40 locations citywide throughout the year. This large-scale cultural project is organized by the Board of Montréal Museums Directors, in association with the Montréal Science Centre.
Montréal has been voted the number-one city in North America for international event hosting, according to the official 2009 rankings recently issued by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).
From May 21-23, the Catalan capital will be hosting a showcase for talented young Québec filmmakers during the inaugural version of Mostra de Cinema de Québec de Barcelona, a new contemporary Québec cinema festival. A selection of feature-length and short films will be shown at two key venues in the city, Verdi Park Cinema and the French Institute of Barcelona (IFB).