Rio Tinto Alcan continues its commitment to a carbon-neutral Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and furthers its educational mission

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 annually.

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.


For further information:

Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations
Bryan Tucker
Tel: +1 514 848 8151


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