MONTREAL, June 7, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan is proud to
continue its sponsorship of a carbon-neutral Festival International de
Jazz de Montréal as well as the music education programmes run in
collaboration with the Festival and its partners.
"We are proud to support one of this city's best known cultural
attractions, and look forward to another great year of exceptional
music," said Jacynthe Côté, Chief executive, Rio Tinto Alcan. "Being
able to combine our long-standing partnership with the Festival
International de Jazz, our commitment to a more sustainable environment
and stay-in-school initiatives has made the experience very rewarding -
for us, for the Festival, and for Quebec."
Furthering its educational mission, the Festival and Rio Tinto Alcan
launched last year À mon école, je garde le rythme, a programme that uses music education to encourage young people to
stay in school. Headed by SAMAJAM, Canada's largest percussion school,
this programme organised free percussion lessons for two local
elementary schools this year: Baril in Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
and Sainte-Gertrude in Montreal-North. More than 700 students from
these schools will be performing on the Rio Tinto Alcan stage from noon
to 1 p.m. on 27 June. Another event not to be missed is the Festival's
opening concert featuring Ben l'Oncle Soul, presented by Rio Tinto
Alcan on 25 June.
Alain Simard, President and co-founder of the Festival International de
Jazz de Montréal, said, "The Festival's partnership with Rio Tinto
Alcan has proven its success and has contributed considerably to the
growth of our event, first from 1987 to 1992, and again over the past
five years. We are thrilled both with the renewal of sponsorship from a
prestigious co-presenter, and with their confidence and contributions
to the vitality of the Festival."
Rio Tinto Alcan's sponsorship of the Festival, which has been renewed
through 2015, also includes the Parc musical Rio Tinto Alcan and the Petite école du jazz. These family venues provide free access to games, educational
activities, face painting, and an opportunity for children to create
musical instruments made of aluminium. Visitors are also invited to
visit the activities being offered at the Festival's year-round home,
the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, including historical exhibits
and a multimedia library.
Rio Tinto Alcan is also contributing to environmental initiatives at the
Festival by making the event carbon-neutral for the fourth consecutive
year, purchasing Gold Standard certified carbon offsets through
Planetair, and supporting the Festival's recycling and waste reduction
programme, which recuperates approximately 30 tonnes of material
Festival-goers are invited to visit Rio Tinto Alcan's tent located on
the Esplanade of the Place-des-Arts to take part in friendly
competition while learning more about our carbon-neutral initiatives.
About Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio
Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral
resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal
and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt,
talc) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly
represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses
in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa.
SOURCE RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN
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