The Smithsonian Associates and the Québec Government Kickoff Cultural Program Series in Washington, D.C.
Series will promote the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Québec City in 2008
Washington, D.C. January 24, 2007 – Québec's Minister of International Relations Monique Gagnon-Tremblay is in Washington today to officially launch Old World Charm, New World Excitement, The Smithsonian Associates' month-long series of public programs highlighting some of Québec's finest musical, culinary, theater and film offerings. This collaboration between the Québec government offices in New York and Washington, and the world-renowned Smithsonian Associates is bringing Québec to Washington's doorsteps by showcasing its rich history and cultural achievements. The launch will take place at a reception at the Canadian Embassy.
Québec: Old World Charm, New World Excitement seeks to showcase Québec in the American capital in the context of the Government's new International Policy, released in May 2006, which sets as a key priority the broadening of Québec's already close ties with the United States.
The series of programs will also promote the upcoming celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec's capital, Québec City, in 2008. Québec City Mayoress Andrée Boucher and organizers of the 400th anniversary have joined Minister Gagnon-Tremblay in Washington to promote what promises to be a spectacular program of events taking place throughout 2008.
As part of Québec: Old World Charm, New World Excitement, visitors will be able to tour The Clash of Empires exhibit on the birth of modern North America as well as attend two seminars on Québec, one chronicling its experience in the Seven Years War and the other presenting a virtual tour of Quebec City's historic neighborhoods. Simultaneously, the Smithsonian will present in February a film series featuring four critically acclaimed films from Québec: Gaz Bar Blues, Mémoires Affectives, Horloge Biologique, and Dans les Villes (films are in French with English subtitles).
For music-lovers, two strikingly different musical experiences are on the program. The six-member La Volée d'Castors already delighted fans of Québécois folkmusic, January 20, while devotees of cutting-edge electronic music will witness February 24 the transformation of the Ripley Center into an underground nightclub featuring Montreal and Washington's finest DJs, including DJ Menan of Music1DC and performers from the annual Montréal MUTEK International Festival of Music, Sound and New Technologies.
For the Smithsonian's youngest audience members, the children's theatre group, Glou Glou from Théâtre de Quartier will present four performances.
Québec: Old World Charm, New World Excitement will culminate in a gastronomic dinner experience on February 22 at the Willard Inter-Continental Hotel, featuring Chef Jean Soulard, from Québec City's landmark Château Frontenac.
In addition to the festival, the Canadian Embassy is presenting All Horizons/Québec Design/Tous Azimuts an exhibit featuring creations from 15 Québec designers through April 15. Apartment Zero, a Washington gallery, will also host and display over a hundred industrial design pieces from Québécois designers.
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