MONTRÉAL, May 2, 2018 /CNW/ – Today the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced the renewal of the Government of Canada’s support for the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur for the next three years. The Department of Canadian Heritage has allocated $65,000each year to the Festival through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund.
This year, the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur will take place from August 2 to 12. This major cultural event offers a highly diverse lineup, and showcases musicians and dancers from around the world.
“For over 25 years, the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur has welcomed some of the greatest artists on the national and international scene. This annual event delights visitors and offers exceptional outreach to creators from Quebec and elsewhere in Canada, presented against the enchanting backdrop of the Laurentians.”
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“Buoyed by the success of the latest editions of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur, our artistic director Guillaume Côté has orchestrated a spectacular program for 2018 that will help the event reach new heights. The continued support of Canadian Heritage helps us achieve excellence, assist in the development of the country’s dance community, and highlight the wealth of the Laurentians and the town of Saint-Sauveur. We are extremely grateful.”
—Étienne Lavigne, Executive Director, Saint-Sauveur Arts Festival
The 27th Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur will open with an exceptional performance—for the first time in its history, it will offer a complete ballet: Romeo and Juliet. Along with 34 dancers from the American company BalletMet, there will be young artists from the Laurentians eager to show audiences the most famous love story of all time.
As it does every year, the Festival will present internationally renowned artists: Guillaume Côté and his colleagues from the National Ballet of Canada, Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin leading the Orchestre Métropolitain, and stars from across the globe.
Many major classic, contemporary and modern dance companies will perform under the Big Top, and around 15,000 festival visitors will attend performances at both indoor and outdoor venues.
For further information: (media only) Simon Ross, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155, [email protected]