Fostering social cohesion and openness to other cultures at the Orientalys Festival 2017

The Government of Canada supports Orientalys Festival 2017

MONTRÉAL, Aug. 7, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced $89,500 in funding for the seventh edition of the Orientalys Festival, which will be held in Montréal from August 10 to 13, 2017.

This funding, provided through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, will help Quebeckers learn more about their diverse cultural communities.


"As we mark Canada 150, we have a unique opportunity to celebrate our cultural and regional diversity. This is why our government is proud to support the Orientalys Festival, which fosters cultural exchanges while encouraging social cohesion. I encourage all residents and visitors to participate in this event."

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"The proposed programming for Orientalys reflects a commitment to recognize diverse cultural communities. It offers a concrete opportunity for citizens and groups from all backgrounds to connect through innovative artistic projects and to build strong relationships for the present and future. These projects reflect a culturally diverse art community's visible dedication to participate actively in the development of a unifying, prejudice-free Montréal culture."

—Ms. Ghiwa Nakhlé, Director of the Orientalys Festival

Quick Facts

Founded in 1993, Alchimies, Créations et Cultures is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to create, produce and disseminate multicultural and interdisciplinary artistic works. The annual Orientalys Festival is one of the major events it organizes.

The Orientalys Festival will be held at the Old Port of Montreal's Clock Tower Quay over four days. The event will offer cultural and artistic activities, including craft workshops, live music and traditional dance performances.

This large gathering, with the active involvement of 260 volunteers, will allow 270 local artists and artisans to share their cultural heritage and skills with Quebeckers. A turnout of over 145,000 people is expected for the event.

Associated Links

Orientalys Festival 2017
Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage


SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only), please contact: Pierre-Olivier Herbert, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155,


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