MONTREAL, July 4, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Week-ends du monde presented by
Loto-Québec and Fête des enfants de Montréal, two events synonymous
with summer in Montréal, are back at Parc Jean-Drapeau on July 6, 7, 13
and 14 and July 20-21 respectively. The two free events, whose programs
were announced today, are the focal point of a host of sport and
cultural activities that enliven Parc Jean-Drapeau all summer long.
"Parc Jean-Drapeau is a must-visit destination in the province of Québec
for the outstanding quality of its cultural program, and the month of
July is certainly no exception," said Daniel Blier, Executive Director
of the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau. "Hundreds of thousands of
Montrealers will be coming over to Île Ste-Hélène again this year, and
they are going to enjoy two unique and highly popular events. With
Week-ends du monde, the population will have the opportunity to
discover Montréal's cultural wealth, and with the Fête des enfants de
Montréal, families and especially children will have the chance to be
active and have lots of fun in an educational and extraordinary
Weekends du Monde
In its three-year existence, Weekends du monde, which offers veritable
trips around the world to Parc visitors, has struck a responsive chord
with Montrealers who are interested in learning about the cultural
wealth of the various communities that have made Montréal their home.
Attesting to this popularity, 85,000 people attended the event in 2010,
and it attracted 187,000 in 2011 and 198,000 last year. Week-ends du
monde has a simple premise: on a daily basis the various communities
share the main stages set up on the site, and the public is invited to
leisurely go from one stage to another to watch the shows. There are
also satellite stages with performances all day long.
The main partner enjoys the people-gathering aspect of the event. "For
many years, Loto-Québec has pledged its support as the main sponsor
through its Les rendez-vous Loto-Québec program which promotes holding major events that have a social and
economic impact for Québec regions, remarked Lucie Lamoureux, Corporate
Director of Sponsorships and Social Commitment at Loto-Québec. "Besides
supporting 120 festivals throughout the province, Les rendez-vous Loto-Québec helps to make it easier for thousands of festival-goers to gather
together so they can celebrate and have fun."
New in 2013
The program for Week-ends du monde 2013 is as diversified as ever, and
it's full of discoveries and new features. These include the Relais
gourmand gastronomical zone, Piknic Électronik's free Saturdays, the
Peruvian festival, united Gospel festival, percussion workshop with
Samajam and a series of performances by fire-eaters. Three theme nights
have also been added to the program, in which Montréal groups will be
playing a wide range of music, exposing people to the wonderful
diversity that makes Montréal such an incredible on-stage experience.
Along with the new features, there are the traditional get-togethers
such as Jamaica Day, Colombia's national day, the Cambodian festival,
EUROfEST, Brazilian Carnival, the big Québec Maghreb celebration, and
activities at the Stewart Museum.
The Week-ends du monde event is produced by the Société du parc
Jean-Drapeau in collaboration with the City of Montréal and Public
Fête des enfants de Montréal
The Fête des enfants de Montréal, which is the ultimate family
gathering, is an event that fosters the development of children aged 12
and under through its array of free and original activities. As it
makes its big return this year, Fête des enfants de Montréal has a
diversified program for everyone's enjoyment.
Children will delight in a performance on the main stage by Télé-Québec
stars from the 1,2,3... Géant and Toc-Toc-Toc shows. The popular Henri Godon et les bedondaines and his five musicians will also be part of the festivities, as will
the group Les Petites Tounes. Other shows include performances by the Akya Circus artistic acrobats
and flying trapeze acts by the Carpe Diem Circus.
And, of course, it just wouldn't be the Fête des enfants de Montréal
without its giant inflatable structures and the young buccaneers zone
for youngsters aged 0 to 6, its make-up, home decorating and scientific
workshops, its climbing tower, zip-line and giant foosball game. Then
there is the intercultural aspect of the Fête with the Village des
traditions by the Société du patrimoine du Québec which is staging 10
workshops showcasing the assortment of cultural wealth and providing
interactive traditional dance lessons in collaboration with the
Sortilèges group. Meanwhile, the Stewart Museum and the Biosphère,
Environment Museum will also be part of the Fête, with plenty of
surprising activities for people to discover.
There are two other new features this year, including the Challenge
plein air WIXX, which invites children aged 9 to 13 to get physically
active through an impressive obstacle course that has been set up. And
the Naître et Grandir mobile squad will be going along the site's
trails handing out free copies of Mon Joujou-livre, a storybook
designed for young tots.
Fête des enfants de Montréal has been made possible by the participation
of the City of Montréal, Challenge plein air WIXX led by Québec en
Forme, the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon, the Société de transport
de Montréal (STM), Samajam, Minute Maid and the Société du patrimoine
d'expression du Québec.
The mission of the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau is to manage,
administrate, develop, protect and animate Parc Jean-Drapeau. For any
information on these two events and on Parc Jean-Drapeau's activities,
please go to parcjeandrapeau.com.
SOURCE: PARC JEAN-DRAPEAU
For further information:
Société du parc Jean-Drapeau
Attachée de presse
Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif
Ville de Montréal
Ville de Montréal