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Québec’s Minister of Culture and Communications travels to France and the U.K.

Québec Minister of Culture, Communications, and the Status of Women Christine St-Pierre is currently on a mission to London, Avignon, and Paris. The mission will extend from July 17 to 23, 2008.

In a July 16 press release, Minister Saint-Pierre stated, “This mission, which will include shows by Québec artists, will give me the opportunity to show the government’s support for artists who share our culture with the world. I will also be meeting with politicians, organizers, and producers in order increase the exposure of Québec’s culture and create opportunities for partnerships.”

In London, she will make an announcement “praising the strong bonds uniting Québec and the United Kingdom.” She will meet with several key players from the cultural sector and will attend the final presentation of The Rake’s Progress, an opera staged by Robert Lepage and a team of Québec designers. The show is being performed at the Royal Opera House and is part of the activities held in the United Kingdom to highlight Québec City’s 400th anniversary.

The minister will then head to Festival d’Avignon for two shows by Québec artists—Seuls, by Wajdi Mouawad, and Kiwi, by Daniel Danis. According to the press release, she will take this opportunity to meet with French theater directors and local elected officials in an effort to encourage coproduction and increase the visibility of Québec theater in France.

The minister will also take part in the opening gala for Étés de la danse, where Les Grands Ballets Canadiens will perform. The festival will be held at the Grand Palais in Paris and features a yearly lineup of distinguished dance companies. Performances are complemented by works by other artists from guest countries. To highlight the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec City, Québec culture will be featured in the program of the Grands Ballets and in a monumental work by Jocelyne Alloucherie, a performance-installation by Nicolas Reeves, and DJ/VJ multimedia performances by Montréal’s festival Elektra and DJ Soul Sista.

The last two days of the mission will be devoted to meetings with political figures. According to the press release, Minister St-Pierre will meet with French Minister of Culture and Communications Christine Albanel, among others, to discuss issues such as film coproduction.