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P.E.I. to host 25th anniversary of World Acadian Congress in 2019

Minister Sonny Gallant, Claudette Thériault and Premier Wade MacLauchlan.
Minister Sonny Gallant, Claudette Thériault and Premier Wade MacLauchlan. - Submitted

P.E.I. will welcome Acadians, francophone and francophiles from near and far next summer.

The 25th anniversary of the World Acadian Congress takes place in 2019 and the province will for the first time host, along with southeast New Brunswick.

The event takes place over 10 days beginning in Abram-Village on Aug. 10, ending Aug. 24 in Shediac, N.B. The celebration is expected to draw nearly 100,000 people.

Along with other provincial and federal partners, P.E.I. will provide $1 million in funding to the World Acadian Congress.

“Our Acadian and Francophone community — and its culture and French language — play a vital role in the fabric of our province,” said Premier Wade MacLauchlan, minister of Acadian and Francophone Affairs.

Claudette Thériault, Chair of the World Acadian Congress Organizing Committee, thanked the province for its contribution.

“The Congrès mondial acadien 2019 is a major event whose mission is to promote Acadian culture and reinforce the strong ties that unite our communities. It will have important and beneficial repercussions, both for the Acadian community and for Prince Edward Island as a whole,” said Thériault.

Information about the World Acadian Congress is available at https://www.cma2019.ca/en/.

What is the World Acadian Congress?

The sixth edition of the Congrès mondial acadien will mark the 25th anniversary of the event. The goal of the international gathering is to strengthen the ties that unite Acadian communities throughout the world while showcasing a modern and authentic Acadian identity. The Congrès is also an opportunity to welcome all those who are interested in l’Acadie.

During the event, shows will also be held all over the host region, as well as youth activities, conferences, various cultural and artistic events, and much more.

History of the CMA

  • 1994 Southeast New Brunswick
  • 1999 Louisiana
  • 2004 Nova Scotia
  • 2009 Acadian Peninsula, N.B.
  • 2014 Madawaska, N.B. /Maine/Témiscouata, Que.
  • 2019 Prince Edward Island and Southeast New Brunswick

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