Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

September 28, 2016 11:00 ET

Arab Cultures Enhance Montreal's Fall Colours

The Government of Canada Supports the 17th Arab World Festival of Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 28, 2016) - Department of Canadian Heritage

Fayçal El-Khoury, Member of Parliament (Laval-Les Îles), today confirmed $45,000 in funding for the 2016 Arab World

Festival of Montréal (FMA). He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage The Government of Canada is providing this support through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund.


"The Government of Canada is proud to support the presentation of this year's Arab World Festival of Montréal. Events like this are essential in strengthening the bonds between Canadians of all backgrounds and ensuring the vitality of our cultural scene."

-The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"The arts promote social cohesion; they are something that all human beings and all ethnic communities share. I am delighted that our government supports events like the Arab World Festival, which offers us an entertaining lineup that reflects Montréal's huge cultural diversity."

-Fayçal El-Khoury, Member of Parliament (Laval-Les Îles)

"With a wealth of artistic expertise, the FMA continues to show its willingness to let everyone express themselves, interact and grow through enriching cultural activities. It continues to instill a breath of fresh air and an uncommon dynamic into Quebec's cultural scene through a bold vision backed by actions adapted to the realities of a changing society, and all this with innovative and influential projects and events. The FMA today is a cornerstone for establishing a constructive, rich and unifying dialogue."

- Joseph Nakhlé, General Manager and Artistic Director of the Arab World Festival of Montréal

Quick Facts

  • The 2016 FMA will take place from October 28 to November 13 at various locations in downtown Montréal.
  • Conceived and produced by Alchimies, Créations et Cultures, the FMA is an annual multidisciplinary event that aims to promote exchanges and encounters between Arab and Western cultures.
  • The festival invites Montréal audiences to experience cinema, dance and music from the Arab world.
  • The 2016 FMA will feature about a hundred artists from Quebec, other Canadian provinces, Europe and the Arab world.

Associated Links

Arab World Festival of Montréal

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

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Contact Information

  • Pierre-Olivier Herbert
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage