This fall Québec will be the guest of honor at one of the world’s largest multidisciplinary festivals: Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico. Some twenty Québec companies and artists will put on forty-odd performances, in addition to film and visual art presentations.
“Québec’s exceptional cultural vitality crosses borders all over the world. With Québec as guest of honor at this prestigious festival, a number of our artists will be able to present rich, diverse, and bold programming that is sure to captivate Mexican audiences. Artists will also have a unique opportunity to meet program organizers from the Spanish-speaking world,” said Christine St-Pierre, Québec Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, added, “Today, the place of honor given to Québec talent at this prestigious festival attests to Québec’s strong ties and wonderful relations with the State of Guanajuato and Mexico. For a number of years, we have been building alliances and cooperating based on our common interests, and culture is a key sector.”
The 37th edition of Festival Internacional Cervantino will take place October 14 to November 1, 2009. The popularity of this festival—recognized as the leading artistic event in Latin America— extends well beyond Mexico’s borders, as it is also among the largest multidisciplinary festivals in the world. Bringing together more than 2,000 artists from some thirty countries, it is now a cornerstone of art and culture.