Montrealers form a common front against federal cuts on culture

    MONTREAL, Aug. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Rallying around the initiative of
Culture Montréal and the Conseil des arts de Montréal, in collaboration with a
number of partners from the artistic and cultural community, hundreds of
artists, creators, cultural workers and Montreal citizens came together at the
Société des arts technologiques this morning, to present a common front
against the federal government's many cuts to the arts and culture in recent
    "Cuts made and announced will affect cultural life across the country,"
deplored Simon Brault, Chair of Culture Montréal. "In dismissing the
considerable contributions of individuals working in the artistic and cultural
sector, the federal government could well jeopardize the very balance of
communities and deprive them of valuable assets for their competitiveness.
This is particularly true in the case of Montréal, which is home to almost
half of Québec's artists and cultural organizations, and which needs them and
a dynamic creative sector in order to continue its exciting outreach." Louise
Roy, Chair of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, added: "These blind cuts,
which total more than $46 million, will have major repercussions for
organizations and artists. As a major partner in Montréal's cultural
development, the federal government must reconsider its decisions, rescind the
cuts and reinvest the money in the arts and culture."
    On the stage, representatives from the fields of music, film, theatre,
dance, the visual arts, literature, circus and media arts, including winners
of international awards, spoke in turn, illustrating how federal investments
in the arts and culture contributed to Montréal's vitality and reputation as a
cultural metropolis. In fact, programs such as PromArt and Trade Routes, to
name but a few, helped several artists and cultural productions earn
recognition on the international scene.
    Participants in the event were then asked to sign an open letter to the
Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, expressing
their views. A copy of this letter was also sent to the media for publication.
The first of its kind in Québec, this Montreal event will be followed by other
actions to take place in every region of Québec over the coming weeks.

For further information:

For further information: Sandra O'Connor, communications, Culture
Montréal, w (514) 845-0303, ext. 21, c (514) 962-5827,; Christian O'Leary, Director of
Communications and Development, Conseil des arts de Montréal, w (514)
280-3991, c (514) 941-3994,; Source: Culture
Montréal, Conseil des arts de Montréal

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