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

August 16, 2005 12:30 ET

The first Montreal Intercultural Festival is a success: The City agrees with cultural communities and will hold second edition

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 16, 2005) - Mr. Marcel Tremblay, associate councillor to the mayor responsible for intercultural relations, announced today at a press briefing on the results of the first Montreal Intercultural Festival, attended by several organizers of the event and members of cultural communities, that a majority of the organizers have shown interest in repeating the experience.

"I am very pleased with the results of the first edition of the festival. Our administration is well aware that the Intercultural Festival was an ambitious project, especially because this was the first edition, it is one of many other festivals held in the city, and because going to the site at Jean Drapeau Park required extra effort on the part of festival goers. I believe, however, that this event contributes significantly to the reputation of Montreal by showing its rich diversity and openness. The FINA Championships and the Intercultural Festival gave Montrealers the opportunity to rediscover and inject new life into the islands," Marcel Tremblay said.

The city received a number of positive comments, several of which came from outside promoters. The organizers expressed their gratitude towards the administration for having provided such an exceptional site. They also acknowledged the potential of the festival. "The Montreal Intercultural Festival is just getting off the ground and the site is already a new destination for Montrealers. The city of Montreal has done a great job in terms of providing the installations and the different organizations were responsible for doing the rest. I feel that this event has great potential and people should give it time to grow before drawing any final conclusions," said Timmy Marshall, organizer of the Gospel Festival, Jamboree, a Hip-Hop Festival and the Access Caribbean Soca Festival.

Mr. Tremblay also announced that the city began consultation a few weeks ago with the co-ordinators of the events to assess festival spin-offs, make corrective measures and determine their interest in holding a second edition of the event. A number of them suggested the kind of conditions they would like to see. Besides changes in planning and organization, cultural communities hope that the city will promote Jean Drapeau Park as the site of the Festival with the various communities and that the 2006 edition will be confirmed as early as September.

The Montreal Intercultural Festival's mission was to support the events and activities held by cultural communities. The city of Montreal invested $750,000 for infrastructures to develop a site which included a stage, portable toilets, small canopies, ticket booths, fences and barricades, and $550,000 for support services, including sound, basic lighting, technicians and private security. Also, three co-ordinators from cultural communities helped to prepare and co-ordinate the events at Jean Drapeau and Angrignon parks. The city agreed to pay most of the costs linked to the facilities, security and technical support. The facilities may be re-used for a second edition of the festival.

"It is essential for the city to promote the culture and traditions of the many cultural communities who call Montreal home. That is why we wish to support this kind of festival which enables Montrealers of all backgrounds to discover and learn more about the multicultural character of our city through various cultural and family activities. We wanted to provide elements for the success of their activities. The city is pleased to make available, free, to all cultural communities, a site that is specially designed for their festivals. Promoters of these events could count on professional equipment, safe facilities, technical support and professional services from city employees. We now wish to forge ahead and build a name for this festival over the coming year," added Mr. Tremblay.

A letter in French from Miss Louise Lapointe to Mr. Marcel Tremblay is available on CCNMatthews' website at the following address: http://www2.ccnmatthews.com/database/fax/2000/Lettre%20Louise%20Lapointe.pdf

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