Les Cultures du monde au parc Jean-Drapeau: the ultimate cultural gathering for all Montrealers

    MONTREAL, Aug. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Forty years ago, Montrealers embraced
the world during Man and His World. Today, they are invited back to Parc
Jean-Drapeau to attend a new cultural gathering, a reflection of the
metropole's richness. From August 23 to 26, Les Cultures du monde is a great
opportunity to make unforgettable discoveries.
    This unique and free event kicked off today at the Scène de la Place
publique on the parterre de l'Ile Sainte-Hélène, bringing together Marco
Calliari, event spokesperson, and singers Soraya Benitez and Lynda Thalie in a
relaxed atmosphere conducive to dialogue and exchange. A choreography putting
the spotlight on a Latin duo on pointe shoes, from José Navarro's project
Kongal, was also part of the show.
    Marcel Tremblay, member of the Montréal Executive Committee and person in
charge of citizen services, youth and intercultural relations, highlighted
that: "Artists from all cultural backgrounds contribute remarkably to the
awakening of curiosity and a cultural dialogue. Montrealers are fortunate to
live in a society where a relentless link exists between all cultures. Our
Administration puts its efforts into enhancing every Montrealer's contribution
namely by organizing gatherings like this one where people can share and learn
about one another, in a context that goes beyond all groups and cultures."
    Kevin Donnelly, Communications and Marketing director at parc
Jean-Drapeau, said: "The Société du parc Jean-Drapeau is proud to carry out
this final chapter of the season of the Week-ends du monde. I am convinced
that Montrealers will appreciate the diversified programming which we worked
out in collaboration with Musique Multi-Montréal and the Société du patrimoine
d'expression du Québec, two essential collaborators to this event."
    Les Cultures du monde celebrates Montréal's cultural diversity through
three entertainment areas: the public square, the marketplace and the
Loto-Québec Stage. The eclectic music program has something for every
Montrealer. Also, four theme-based shows will be presented on the Loto-Québec

    - Thursday, August 23 at 8 p.m.: Femmes du monde presents a spellbinding
      exchange of magnificent voices of women from the four corners of the
      Earth, including Soraya Benitez and Lynda Thalie;
    - Friday, August 24 at 8 p.m.: Quand les traditions s'emmêlent, with
      Yves Lambert and Sergiu Popa as well as with Marco Calliari, who's
      presenting his own show Mia dolce vita. A promising evening where
      soulful melodies and the suave acoustic of accordion skillfully meet,
      offering a sound that is halfway between modern music and its
      traditional roots;
    - Saturday, August 24 at 8 p.m.: La Nuit des gitans, hosted by Jamil,
      with performers such as Labess and Les Gitans de Sarajevo. A night
      where the audience can grasp the vibrant emotion of gypsy music through
      traditional brass and percussion instruments;
    - Sunday, August 26 at 12 noon: L'Orchestre symphonique des musiciens du
      monde (OSMM), made up of Montrealers from diverse origins. A colourful
      musical journey under the baton of Joseph Milo, with a performance by
      Marco Calliari and the Arthur Murray Dancers.

    Through diverse traditional activities, Les Cultures du monde offers the
opportunity to learn and discover what the cultures are all about. Namely, the
corn roast tradition, which is not exclusive to Québec - did you know? - will
serve to raise funds for Oxfam-Québec, an organization whose mission is to
support underprivileged populations in developing countries.
Tablecloth-decorating and corndoll-making workshops, games of horseshoes,
dances and singing of all kinds and inflatable games for kids: a full slate of
activities originating from different cultural groups come together in one
place to treat you to some surprising experiences.
    Parc Jean-Drapeau is easy to access by bicycle, metro, car or even boat
(ferry shuttle). Also, take advantage of your visit to Parc Jean-Drapeau to
tour the Expo 67 site aboard the mini-train La balade, or to visit the
souvenir exhibition at the Complexe aquatique of Ile Sainte-Hélène.
    The Cultures du monde event is presented by Loto-Québec and produced by
the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau in collaboration with the Ville de Montréal,
Musique Multi-Montréal, the Société du patrimoine d'expression du Québec
(SPEQ) and the Groupe Berger. The media partners involved are TVA, The
Gazette, Mix 96, RockDétente, Energie, Le Journal de Montréal and the
newspaper 24 heures.
    For more information, contact us by calling 514 872-6120 or logging on to

For further information:

For further information: Media: Nicole Desmarais/Caroline Carbonneau,
Agence Sonia Gagnon, (514) 768-6743, ndesmarais@soniagagnon.com; Source: Kevin
Donnelly, Director, Communications and Marketing, (514) 872-6368, Cell.: (514)

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