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The office for the Charlottetown conference anniversary.
Three major cultural exchange projects are coming to both Charlottetown and Quebec City in 2014 as a result of a partnership struck between P.E.I. 2014 Inc. and the two municipalities.
In recognition of the 150th anniversaries of the Charlottetown and Quebec Confederation Conferences, the federal government will fund the projects, which highlight the link between the meetings of the fathers of Confederation in each city.
“Anniversaries bring Canadians together, strengthen our communities, and allow us to take pride in the citizenship we all share”, said Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover.
“I am very proud that our government’s investment in this project with P.E.I. 2014 will help Canadians learn more about this important milestone in our history and heritage and lead the way to the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.”
The three projects under development include a visit of tall ships to Charlottetown, Summerside and Quebec City, a contemporary dance production involving dance students in both cities and a professional dance company that will be performed in both cities, and commemorative statues that will be placed on the waterfront of both Charlottetown and Quebec City.
Further details about each project will be revealed early in 2014.
Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee said the city is excited to be involved in this unique partnership.
“2014 is a milestone in Canadian history and it’s important for both municipalities to celebrate our history and culture.”
To officially recognize and facilitate the collaboration on the projects, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in July 2013 by P.E.I. 2014 Inc., in partnership with the City of Charlottetown, and Quebec City.
Staff from the three organizations have been working together for the last year on the collaborative projects.
“We are very honoured to collaborate with P.E.I. 2014 Inc. and the City of Charlottetown as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the conferences that led to Confederation,” said Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume.
“These celebrations, which will energize both our cities in 2014, will provide a unique opportunity to reaffirm our friendships, revive our rich history and work together in the future.”
In keeping with P.E.I. 2014’s guiding principles, the Charlottetown-Quebec collaborative projects collectively pay tribute to our history, celebrate the present through our youth, and will leave an enduring legacy by way of public art in each city.
“The P.E.I. 2014 celebrations will be enhanced and enriched by these collaborative projects with Quebec City,” said Penny Walsh McGuire, executive director of P.E.I. 2014.
“Highlighting the link between the 1864 Charlottetown and Quebec conferences is especially important as we approach Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.”
In 2014, Canadians will mark the 150th anniversary of the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference, which paved the way to Confederation.
P.E.I. 2014 Inc. is facilitating the planning, promotion and implementation of these Sesquicentennial celebrations.
The P.E.I. 2014 celebrations are made possible through support from the provincial and federal governments.