August 10 to 24, 2019

Prince Edward Island and Southeast New Brunswick

News Release

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June 11, 2019, Moncton, N.-B. – The Congrès mondial acadien 2019 is pleased to reveal the details of Le Grand parle-ouère, CMA 2019 People’s Forum, held from August 18 to August 20, in Moncton. A completely revamped format awaits participants, with themed discussions, major conferences and an open forum.
On August 18 and 19, the day will begin with conferences hosted by two renowned guest speakers. These conferences will be an opportunity for people to learn more about some of the topics chosen by the Acadian population.
If these presentations serve to some extent as an introduction to the topics that will be discussed during Le Grand parle-ouère, it’s with the themed discussions that we will get to the heart of the matter. For each topic, two resource persons, one working in the areas of research, the other in field work, will initiate discussions. It will then be the turn of participants to share, discuss and express their views on the topic! These sessions will be moderated by a team of facilitators from across the Maritime provinces: Michel Desjardins (NB), Jacinthe Lemire (PEI), Jason Doiron (NB), Natalie Robichaud (NS) and Ricky Richard (QC). The following video explains how the discussions will be conducted. Click here to view. 
The topics addressed were selected for and by the Acadian population in a survey launched last December. Among the topics that came up most often were linguistic security, new forms of engagement, ecology, Acadian identity, education and the transmission of French, economic development, Francophone immigration, and much more (the complete list of topics and schedule can be found at the end of the press release).
Le Grand parle-ouère will end with an activity providing a good representation of the new format for this reflection component of the CMA 2019: an open forum where people are invited to answer an important question: "For me, the future of Acadie is determined by…”. This original concept allows anyone to suggest a group discussion that will call upon collective knowledge and that will leave lots of space for participants’ priorities and creativity. 
Claudette Thériault, Chair of the Congrès mondial acadien 2019, is excited by the direction taken by Le Grand parle-ouère: "This activity features an inviting, dynamic and interactive format. We really hope that people from everywhere will come and speak out on topics that affect them! I think it’s essential to do this work if we want to advance discussions on Acadie and, as is often said, this is what a CMA is all about.”
“We are very pleased to host the Grand parle-ouère at the Université de Moncton,” mentioned interim rector and vice-chancellor of the university, Jacques Paul Couturier. “We hope that this forum will be a place of rich discussion and dialogue about the challenges and debates involving the development of Acadie. It is important to work together at this time in order to shape the Acadie that we wish to pass on to future generations.”

"Acadie needs communal spaces such as the one offered by Le Grand parle-ouère to provide an opportunity to reflect, discuss and get direction. After all, it is together that we first dreamed of our greatest achievements before bringing them to life”, states Louise Imbeault, president of Société Nationale de l’Acadie (SNA).
"Linguistic security, ecology and education are some of the topics that students hold dear. It is a great pleasure for us to be partners in an event that pushes the reflection further than usual”, comments Pascale Rioux, chair of the FÉÉCUM (Fédération des étudiantes et étudiants du Campus universitaire de Moncton).
Le Grand parle-ouère: the CMA 2019's people's forum is organized in partnership with Université de Moncton, the collective L'état de l'Acadie, the Société Nationale de l'Acadie and the Fédération des étudiantes et des étudiants du Campus universitaire de Moncton.

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Schedule and topics of Le Grand parle-ouère
August 18, 2019

9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.:

  • Major conference

10:20 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

  • Linguistic security: why am I afraid to speak with my accent?
  • New forms of engagement in the social media age
  • Acadie and ecology: communities, territories and science

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.:

  • Acadian identity today
  • Education in French: from early childhood to post-secondary education
  • How can we foster Acadie’s economic development?

August 19, 2019

9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.:

  • Major conference

10:10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.:

  • Transmission of the French language in North America: a daily challenge
  • Francophone immigration: the changing face of today’s Acadie
  • The organization of Acadian society: do Acadian people have all the necessary tools to guide their destiny?

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.:

  • Collaboration and solidarity between Acadian communities
  • Claiming new rights and protecting acquired rights: future action
  • Culture and Acadian arts development

August 20, 2019

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Open forum: For me, the future of Acadie is determined by…

About Us
The 6th edition of the Congrès mondial acadien will take place from August 10 to August 24, 2019 in Prince Edward Island and Southwestern New Brunswick. The mission of the Congrès mondial acadien is to unite Acadians and all those interested in Acadian culture. For more information about the programming and event, visit

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May 30, 2019, Moncton, N.-B. – Today, the Congrès mondial acadien announced the evening shows that will be held this summer at the Extrême frontière space, which will be located downtown Moncton, along Riverfront Park, from August 16 to August 23.

Inspired by large outdoor urban festivals featuring big stages, cultural pavilions and street artists, the Extrême frontière space presented by the city of Moncton will showcase more than fifty artists and musicians, featuring different art forms, ranging from dance and poetry, to video games and visual arts.

The ASURION stage will vibrate to the sound of musicians from Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Louisiana, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Ontario every evening of Extrême frontière, from August 16 to August 23, 2019 (see details of programming at the end of the press release). Admission to the shows announced today will require the CMA 2019 pin (see pin details at the end of the press release).

Today’s announcement was made by the Chair of the CMA 2019, Claudette Thériault, and the event’s artistic director, Joseph Edgar, during a performance of the Hôtesses d’Hilaire’s rock opera Viens avec moi. It completes the evening programming of this space, to be launched by Le Show du 25e on August 16, announced last February.

evenement Borden mappeMay 22, 2019, Borden-Carleton, P.E.I. – The programming for the activities taking place on Prince Edward Island this August was launched on Tuesday evening by the Congrès mondial acadien 2019 during a festive event held at the gateway to Prince Edward Island and a news conference inside the Confederation Bridge.

The first part of the CMA 2019 is happening on Prince Edward Island from August 10 to the morning of August 15. As was announced previously, the opening day festivities will get under way at 6 a.m. with a breakfast in Borden-Carleton, during which there will be entertainment, followed by a community fair in Mont-Carmel at 10 a.m. Things then move to Abram-Village for a craft market and a Folk Festival featuring L’enchantement des abeilles, Marcella Richard, Menoncle Jason, Carnaval en Promenade, the Backyard Devils, and Ryan Doucette. To close out the day, there will be a major event on the site of the Agricultural Exhibition and Acadian Festival in Abram-Village, showcasing Barachois, The East Pointers, Arthur Comeau, La Famille Savoy, Lennie Gallant, Acadidanse, Vishtèn, Les Hay Babies, Suroît, and Cajun Country Revival.

famille avec drapeau webMoncton, NB, April 28, 2019 – As part of a large family celebration held today in advance of the Congrès mondial acadien, the Town of Shediac announced a new Carrefour, or hub, for family reunions during the CMA 2019.

The Carrefour is a partnership between Shediac and the Congrès mondial acadien. Il will be located in the Shediac Multipurpose Centre and will provide families with services and space for their reunions. It will be available from August 16 to 20.

“The idea behind the Carrefour was to offer families an option to make it easier for them to organize their reunions,” said Shediac mayor Roger Caissie.

On August 16, the Carrefour will be reserved for families expecting fewer than 100 participants.

The chair of the Congrès mondial acadien 2019, Claudette Thériault, said she was delighted with this CMA 2019 initiative. “The day of August 16 will enable smaller families to have a place at the CMA. We ask that they contact us if they would like to use the
Carrefour facilities.”

For those researching their family history, a genealogy fair will be set up at the Centre d’études acadiennes Anselme-Chiasson at the Université de Moncton. It will be held from August 16 to 23, 2019. It will also be possible to do genealogical research at the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island in Miscouche, PEI, throughout the CMA.

image communiqu operaRock 01Moncton, NB, April 18, 2019 –On May 30 at 8 p.m., the Congrès mondial acadien 2019 will unveil the Extrême frontière space programming during a performance of Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire’s rock opera Viens avec moi at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton, NB.

The Extrême frontière space will bring downtown Moncton to life during the Congrès mondial acadien 2019 with booths, pavilions, contemporary art and various stages featuring a wide range of artistic disciplines. In the evening, performances by several headliners will take place on the main stage along Riverfront Park, featuring artists from across the Francophonie. The Extrême frontière space will be open from August 16 to August 23, from 3 p.m. to midnight.

lancement grand evenement 9avril en 01Dieppe, NB, April 9, 2019 – The Congrès mondial acadien 2019, during a talk-show style cocktail hour, unveiled its programming of major events that will take place during the most important Acadian gathering of the year.

August 10: the celebration begins in Abram-Village

Opening day festivities will start at 6 a.m. with a musical breakfast in Borden featuring Monique Poirier, Patricia Richard and Corde à vents, followed by a community fair in Mont-Carmel with Les Paloudes, DOC and Cajun Country Revival. Things then move to Abram-Village for a farmers’ market and a Folk Festival featuring Marcella Richard, Menoncle Jason, the Backyard Devils, Carnaval en Promenade and Enchantement des abeilles, with animation by Ryan Doucette. Finally, aer the official opening ceremony, it’s time for the opening show on the Caisse populaire / Credit Union stage, showcasing an exceptional group of artists: Barachois – who are preparing their big comeback to the stage for this event - The East Pointers, Arthur Comeau, Famille Savoy, Lennie Gallant, the CMA dance troupe, Vishtèn and Les Hay Babies. Suroît and Cajun Country Revival will end the evening with a post-show performance.

image carte municipalitsMoncton, NB, March 25, 2019 – From March 11–23, the Congrès mondial acadien 2019 (CMA 2019) unveiled its community programming, together with host
municipalities. Municipalities unveiled the details on the day that corresponds to their day of activities during the CMA 2019 in August.

During the sixth edition of the CMA, each host municipality will have its special day (see calendar). On that day, most of the activities will be taking place in one or two municipalities. Visitors wanting to take part in as many festivities as possible will be able to follow the CMA’s proposed calendar and participate in several of the organized activities without missing anything.

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Moncton, NB, March 6, 2019 – The Congrès mondial acadien 2019 is launching an Eco-Friendly Event Guide to support its partners in adopting environmentally friendly practices within their workplace and community.

The Eco-Friendly Guide will be a companion tool for host municipalities, family reunion organizers and all other partners of the CMA 2019. It contains accessible, feasible turnkey solutions aimed at reducing each organization’s footprint through its regular operations and activities.

poster show du 25e webMoncton, NB, February 25, 2019 – Congrès mondial acadien (CMA) 2019 is pleased to announce Le Show du 25e, a spectacular outdoor show celebrating 25 years since the very first Congrès mondial acadien. Set to take place on August 16, 2019, at Riverfront Park in Moncton, New Brunswick, this show will also mark the opening of the Extrême frontière space.

The event will be a celebration of the 25 years of the CMA, which was first held in 1994. The show will feature performers including 1755, Les Méchants Maquereaux, Cayouche, Waylon Thibodeaux, Ronald Bourgeois, Donat Lacroix, Lennie Gallant, Jacques Surette, Annie Blanchard, Jason Guerrette and Zachary Richard. An array of special guests will also make appearances during the evening.

famille avec drapeau webMoncton, January 31, 2019 – Congrès mondial acadien 2019 representatives will travel to Nova Scotia in early February to promote the event and invite people to take part in family reunions.

Yvette Bourque, family reunion coordinator and Justin Mury, director of operations, will hold meetings in four Nova Scotia communities: