CITY OF MONTREAL - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

CITY OF MONTREAL - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Festival interculturel de Montréal

Festival interculturel de Montréal

June 07, 2005 14:15 ET

City of Montreal: 1st Edition of the Montreal Intercultural Festival-For a Hot Summer!

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - June 7, 2005) - Mr. Marcel Tremblay, associate councillor to the Mayor responsible for intercultural relations today unveiled the program of events of the first edition of the Montreal Intercultural Festival, which will take place from June 25th to August 14th, 2005 at Jean-Drapeau Park on Ile Notre-Dame. For 40 days, Montreal will sizzle with Afro-Caribbean, Latin-American, Caribbean, Arab, African and South Asian sounds and rhythms. Montrealers are invited to come in large numbers to this lively event.

More than 50 countries from the continents of Africa, Asia, South America, as well as the Caribbean region, will be holding a multitude of events that are sure to please crowds of all ages. The Montreal Intercultural Festival brings together events that are popular with Montrealers, such as the Montreal International Merengue and Latin Music Festival, the Fetes creoles internationales de Montreal, the Montreal International Tropical Festival and Montreal Latin American Festival.

"It's no secret Montreal is a festive city that comes alive in summer. We are pleased to offer Montrealers a festival that reflects the multicultural nature of our city," said Marcel Tremblay.

The Montreal Intercultural Festival will take place on the Jean-Drapeau Park site, which is specially designed to welcome large crowds. Professional equipment and safe facilities will be available to organizers who may also benefit from technical support from the city.

"In the spirit of Expo 67, when Montreal opened up to the world, the Montreal International Festival will give the public the opportunity to relive the festive ambience found at Ile Notre-Dame almost 40 years ago," said Mr. Tremblay.

Yours to discover!

The Montreal Intercultural Festival will highlight a series of cultural events including dance, theatre and food in a friendly, safe environment. Entertainment, games and exhibitions also will be featured. The Montreal International Tropical Festival, which brings together several Caribbean festivals, will be launching the event with the Jamaican Festival on June 25th. Not to be missed is the youth hip hop segment of the Access Caribbean Soca Festival on July 5th and 6th, featuring DJ contests. The Fetes creoles internationales de Montreal will be held on July 7th through the 9th while the Montreal International Merengue and Latin Music Festival will be held on July 23rd and 24th. The Montreal Latin American Festival, which brings together several South American countries, will be held from August 4th to 14th while Angrignon Park will be hosting Trinidad and Tobago Cultural and Family Day on July 17th.

The Montreal International Merengue and Latin Music Festival will highlight the talent of local artists as well as performers from abroad, including the Mamajuana group, Aventura and Ruby Perez. The Fetes creoles internationales de Montreal will feature Lorraine Klassen and Muna Mingole. The Jamaica Festival will feature Kulcha Connection and Fab 5, while the Montreal Latin American Festival will highlight the talent of Soraya Benitez and Afro-Peruvian diva Eva Ayllon.

Activities are accessible to all and admission is between $5 and $15. Certain events have a reduced admission for children under the age of 12 while others are free.

Rediscover Ile Notre-Dame and Jean-Drapeau Park

Host of several high-profile events such as the Formula 1 Grand Prix, Dragon Boat Race Festival, Molson Indy and exceptionally this year, the XI FINA World Championships, Jean-Drapeau Park is the ideal family destination to enjoy cycling, a stroll through the gardens and a day at the beach. It is also the summer venue for shows featuring dance, music and entertainment for the entire family.

Access to the site

Montrealers are encouraged to use public transit to access the site. Jean-Drapeau Park is accessible by Metro using the Parc-Jean-Drapeau (ile Sainte-Helene) station on the yellow line. An ATM machine will be available inside the Metro station but this service will not be available elsewhere on the site.

All Montrealers are invited to the Montreal Intercultural Festival. For more information, or the program of events, please log on to www.ville.montreal.qc.ca or call 514 872-6855. You can also call Jean-Drapeau Park at 514 872-6120 or visit www.parcjeandrapeau.com. Brochures will be available at Acces Montreal and borough offices.

Contact Information

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