August 10 to 24, 2019

Prince Edward Island and Southeast New Brunswick

News Release

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Moncton, September 28, 2018
– Tonight, the Congrès mondial acadien (CMA) 2019 announced the program for its sixth edition to be held from August 10-24, 2019 in Prince Edward Island and Southeastern New Brunswick. This edition, which also marks the 25th anniversary of the CMA, will be modern, inclusive and open to the world and just as traditional as it will be contemporary, characterizing today’s Acadie.

Far from being an ordinary program launch, the launch show held at the Capitol Theatre during the joint AGM of the CMA 2019 and the Société Nationale de l’Acadie provided guests and the general public with entertainment, including music and videos, to give an overview of the CMA 2019 programming. Artists 112 accords, Fayo, Jass-Sainte Bourque and Lisa LeBlanc as well as retired meteorologist, William Bourque, rounded out the show.

Moncton - June 7 2018

photo joseph edgarWell-known singer Joseph Edgar has been named artistic director of the Congrès mondial acadien 2019 Extrême frontière space.

The event will be held over several days, from August 16 to August 23, 2019, in the heart of downtown Moncton and along Riverfront Park.

“I am very much looking forward to returning to my hometown to take on the artistic direction of this space which I consider a type of cultural playground to entertain and inspire people of all ages at the Congrès mondial acadien,” said Joseph Edgar. “I am very excited to accept this truly unique challenge.”

Known primarily as a singer-songwriter, Joseph Edgar is not new to the world of artistic direction. During the past twenty years, he has directed many events, including the 15 août des fous, the Frye Festival and most recently the Soirée Acadie Rock during the 2017 Francofolies de Montréal, an epic event drawing over 20,000 people.

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Moncton, September 21, 2018
– The Congrès mondial acadien (CMA) 2019 is launching a teaching guide for host region francophone school districts in Prince Edward Island and Southeastern New Brunswick. The teaching guide, in preparation for the CMA 2019, is a resource developed to help education professionals to promote the event among education workers in the host regions.

The 45-page guide deals with various themes related to Acadie and the CMA, including cultural identity, history, language, art, and the future of Acadie. Each section in the guide suggests activities for students from kindergarten to grade 12. The purpose of the guide is not only to provide resources to teachers in preparation for the CMA 2019 but also to have students at all levels reflect on various topics.

“As the inclusion and importance of youth are part of the CMA 2019’s vision, education is an important gateway to give next generations a vision of a traditional and contemporary Acadie,” says CMA 2019 Chair, Claudette Thériault.

The following is distributed by the Government of Prince Edward Island.
Miscouche, Prince Edward Island - May 16, 2018
                                                                                                                     
web IMG 0119Acadians, francophones, and francophiles from near and far will gather on Prince Edward Island next summer.

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the Congrès mondial acadien, which Prince Edward Island will host for the first time along with Southeast New Brunswick. The 15-day- celebration begins in Abram-Village on August 10 and ends in Shediac, NB on August 24, 2019 and is expected to draw nearly 100,000 people.

“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. “Co-hosting the Congrès mondial acadien will have meaningful impacts culturally, socially, and economically for our Acadian and Francophone community and our entire province, and will help us share with the world what makes us the Mighty Island.”

Along with other provincial and federal partners, Prince Edward Island will provide $1 million in funding to the Congrès mondial acadien.

famille avec drapeau webMoncton, August 10, 2018 – It is already time to commemorate the “one-year countdown” to the Congrès mondial acadien 2019! In exactly 365 days, the sixth edition of the CMA will get underway on Prince Edward Island and in Southeastern New Brunswick. To mark the occasion, each CMA host municipality will organize special activities around August 15, National Acadian Day.  

In fact, to mark the date, staff and members of the organizing committee want to recognize each of our 20 host municipalities. With the support of the CMA 2019, each host municipality will therefore organize a memorable celebration between August 12–15, 2018, to mark the “one-year countdown” to the opening of the sixth edition of the Congrès mondial acadien.

The 6th edition of the Congrès mondial acadien will be held on Prince Edward Island and in Southeastern New Brunswick from August 10–24, 2019. It will mark the 25th anniversary of the event. In order to better publicize the event, a delegation from the host region will travel to the United States at the end of April. Members of the delegation will be attending the Festival International de Louisiane, which is being held in Lafayette from April 25–29. The following week, they will give a few public presentations in New England, where many Acadians and friends of Acadie reside.

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Québec, July 10th, 2018
– The Congrès mondial acadien 2019, in cooperation with the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques (CFA) and the Commission du tourisme acadien du Canada Atlantique (CTACA), presented the show “Belle et Bum célèbre l’Acadie et le Québec” on July 9th in the Parc de la Francophonie of the Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ). The concert featured both Acadian and Québécois artists: Zachary Richard, Radio Radio, Les Hay Babies, Jean François Breau, Menoncle Jason and Gabriel Robichaud represented Acadie, whereas Fred Fortin, Émile Bilodeau, Guylaine Tanguay and David Goudreault represented Québec. Acadian Pierre Guitard and Québécoise Laura Lefebvre delighted the crowd during the first part of the show. All in all, thousands of people gathered for this electrifying performance in the heart of Québec City.

Moncton NB - March 28, 2018

In 500 days will start the 6th Congrès mondial acadien. To mark this important date and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the event, the CMA 2019 has re-recorded the song “Acadie de nos cœurs”, the theme song of the first CMA held in Southeastern New Brunswick in August 1994.

lisa leBlancMoncton, June 29, 2018 – Singer and musician Lisa LeBlanc has been named artistic director for one of the key events of the Congrès mondial acadien 2019 – the August 15 celebrations to be held in Dieppe, New Brunswick.

Originally from Rosaireville, New Brunswick, Lisa LeBlanc says that she is looking forward to the challenge. “This will be my first time working as an artistic director. I am really excited that my directorial debut will be for the day of August 15th, a celebration that is near and dear to my heart.”

With two albums and one EP, dozens of tours in Canada, the United States and Europe and more than 140,000 albums sold on two continents, Lisa LeBlanc has been successful from the get go. Her touching and heart-wrenching songs inspired by stories of heartbreak and
friendship have been compared to the original works of Courtney Barnett, Bob Dylan and Dolly Parton. For her EP and second album, the artist drew her inspiration from a long road trip in the United States, acquiring hints of old time, Cajun and bluegrass through music jams she attended during her travels as well as at home in New Brunswick.

Moncton, March 21, 2018

Emmanuelle LeBlanc and George Belliveau will be the Artistic Directors for the Congrès mondial acadien 2019’s Opening Day and Closing Day celebrations.