• John Jantak

Vaudreuil-Dorion to host arts and culture symposium


Michel Vallée, Director of Vaudreuil-Dorion’s Recreation and Cultural Department, says the upcoming Les Arts et la Ville 32nd annual symposium will be a unique opportunity to have so many cultural specialists gathered together in the town.

The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion officially announced it will proudly host the 32nd annual symposium Les Arts et la Ville network from June 5 to 7 at the Château-Vaudreuil.

This year’s symposium will focus on the importance of meetings and gatherings as a source of interaction and exchange. It will enable participants to explore how this theme helps shape communities by being a harbinger of openness and inclusion through the transmission of culture, including intercultural and intergenerational dialogue.

Acting co-presidents for this key cultural event are Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon, journalist and writer Émilie Perreault and Pauline Thauvette-Leroux, President of Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

International attendance

Speakers from across Quebec and Acadia, as well as France and Spain will address the important role of culture in community development using their own concrete examples. The symposium is also intended to be a unique opportunity for training and professional development.

Participants will be able to improve their skills and knowledge and be inspired by the innovative and structured ideas that will be presented through personal experiences shared during the event.

‘Unique opportunity’

“It will truly be a unique opportunity to have all of these cultural specialists gathered together in Vaudreuil-Dorion,” said Michel Vallée, Director of the city’s Recreation and Cultural Department.

“This is going to put Vaudreuil-Dorion again as the cultural centre of Quebec. There are people who will be coming from New Brunswick, other provinces and Quebec of course,” Mayor Guy Pilon told The Journal.

Arts and culture promotion

The city’s Je Suis... arts and cultural program has become internationally renowned after it was selected in 2016 by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) organization as a model for other cities to emulate.

For Pilon, the award meant the city achieved an impressive milestone because of the international prestige it received at the time as a result of its cultural initiatives. He noted that out of the 83 submissions from around the world received by the UCLG, Vaudreuil-Dorion along with Timbuktu, Mali, were the only two award winners.

Spotlight on cultural initiative

“We’re very happy with the spotlight being on Vaudreuil-Dorion for our cultural initiatives,” Pilon told The Journal.

The city will use the cultural symposium as a backdrop to officially inaugurate its new fresco that will be painted onto its water tower later this spring. The city and the Conseil des arts et de la culture de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (CACVS) are also offering preferential rates to artists, cultural workers, volunteers and permanent staff from Vaudreuil-Dorion organizations.

More info is available at www.arts-ville.org/colloques/colloque-2019.

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