Rendez-Vous 2012 - Montréal, Cultural Metropolis - The Fall Season's Grand Montréal Rendez-Vous - Heading toward the last five years of the 2007-2017 Action Plan

MONTREAL, Oct. 18, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - At a press conference held to announce the Rendez-Vous 2012 - Montréal, Cultural Metropolis, Montréal Mayor Gérald Tremblay very proudly mentioned a number of accomplishments that bear witness to the progress achieved in the past five years. The Mayor recalled that "Montréal's culture is getting positive media attention. The mid-course reunion that will take place at TOHU on November 26 is very important in order to take note of what progress has been made, identify our priorities and give all of us the momentum needed to continue advancing until the end of 2017."

Rendez-Vous 2012 - Montréal, Cultural Metropolis will therefore be as large a gathering as possible of all Montréal stakeholders, all areas of intervention combined, to share their ideas and projects, build together a coherent vision of Montréal's development as a cultural metropolis in order to promote networking and new partnerships between the various stakeholders, and particularly between the artistic community and the business world and to consolidate the strategic importance of culture in the metropolis' development.

Simon Brault, Steering Committee Chairman of Montréal, Cultural Metropolis is convinced that "Montréal must be a world-class cultural metropolis to enrich the quality of life of its residents, for those who visit this city or those who want to settle or do business here, for Québec as a whole that beams with pride and reaps the benefits, and for Canada, which counts on its major cities to ensure its development."

The objective of this special day is to bring together—mid-course in their pursuit of the 2007-2017 Action Plan—partners who each have a contribution to make. The Rendez-Vous 2012 will therefore turn their attention to the three major focuses:

Local Montréal - Cultural development of the metropolis on a local scale: The development of cultural districts, because a cultural metropolis must experience its culture in all its facets; the resident at the heart of cultural action, as an active participant and not only as a spectator.
Global Montréal - The international outreach of Montréal, Cultural Metropolis: More than ever, the national and international outreach of Montréal's cultural activity is "on the agenda".
The new funding models: Investments in culture aren't waning in Montréal, neither public nor private ones. This trend must be maintained and its impacts must be maximized in order to build economic models that are resilient, renewable and sustainable.

"The contribution of participants in all areas of activity is necessary in order to ensure the expansion of the Rendez-Vous 2012 and create a unique place for action and creativity. We are counting on the participation of as many parties as possible so that they share with us both their experiences and their accomplishments that are making our cultural metropolis grow every day," pointed out Manuela Goya, Secretary General of the Steering Committee of Montréal, Cultural Metropolis."

Rendez-Vous 2012 - Montréal, Cultural Metropolis is therefore of unique importance in the path leading to the completion of the 2007-2017 Action Plan - Montréal, Cultural Metropolis. It is the ultimate opportunity for the stakeholders in all areas of activity to support, enrich and consolidate the Action Plan so that the vision of Montréal, Cultural Metropolis, already well on its way, is ready in time for the celebrations marking the year of the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Federation and, of course, the 375th anniversary of Montréal.

This ambitious project, which will confirm Montréal's reputation nationally and internationally, would not have been possible without the efforts of the Steering Committee. It should be mentioned that the members of the Steering Committee of Montréal, Cultural Metropolis are as follows: Simon Brault, Chairman of Culture Montréal and Chairman of the Steering Committee; Helen Fotopulos, member of Ville de Montréal's Executive Committee responsible for Culture, Heritage, Design and the Status of Women; Diane Giard, Executive Vice-President - Personal and Commercial Banking, National Bank of Canada; Maka Kotto, Minister of Culture and Communications; Michel Leblanc, President and CEO, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal; Jean-François Lisée, Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade as well as Minister responsible for the Montréal region; the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages; the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for Québec; Javier San Juan, President and CEO, L'Oréal Canada; Alexandre Taillefer, Managing Partner, XPND Capital; and Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montréal and Chairman of the Rendez-Vous 2012 - Montréal, Cultural Metropolis. It should also be pointed out that Manuela Goya is Secretary General of the Steering Committee of Montréal, Cultural Metropolis.

The 2007-2017 Action Plan - Montréal, Cultural Metropolis was approved at the Rendez-Vous 2007. This 10-year action plan is designed to consolidate and enhance Montréal's positioning as a cultural metropolis. Residents' greater access to culture, investments in cultural infrastructures, financing artistic organizations, increasing the number of cultural and tourist events and wider recognition of Montréal nationally and internationally are all essential to reaching this objective.

The registration deadline for RENDEZ-VOUS 2012 is November 2:

CONTACT: Secretariat of Rendez-Vous 2012 / TELEPHONE NO.: 514-872-1168



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