August 10 to 24, 2019

Prince Edward Island and Southeast New Brunswick
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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.
CMA 2019 Chair Claudette Thériault said she is pleased with the direction that the sixth CMA is taking. “We are directly in line with the CMA 2019 mission which is to showcase the Acadian identity in all its modernity; we are bringing forward new ideas and concepts, all while keeping in mind what makes the essence of the CMAs.”

Program Overview

In 2019, the 20 host municipalities will each have their day to organize activities in their region (some municipalities have joined forces and will be sharing a day). The first half of the Congrès will be held on Prince Edward Island from August 10 to 15; afterwards, on the afternoon of the 15th, everything will move to Southeastern New Brunswick. These dates have been confirmed and are in the calendar here. During the launch, a member of the CMA organizing committee and a representative of New Brunswick municipalities presented a diversified program for each municipality, brimming with activities relating to culture, folklore, history, food and arts from their little corner of Acadie.

Three large gatherings were confirmed during the preliminary program launch: an economic summit, piloted by the RDEE NB with the collaboration of the RDEE PEI, will be held on August 21 and 22 in the Moncton/Dieppe area to promote discussions between Francophone entrepreneurs from throughout the country; a youth event, held from August 14-17 in Prince Edward Island and Southeastern New Brunswick, will bring together 200 youths ages 12 to 18 from the Atlantic Provinces, Canada and throughout the world; and a women’s summit, piloted by the Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick (RFNB), will be held on August 11 and 12 under the theme: L’Acadie (re) pensée : le féminisme et l’égalité des genres en Acadie (Acadie revisited : feminism and gender equality in Acadie).

The Congrès mondial acadien 2019 will also present major events and shows. Opening day will be held on August 10 in Abram-Village and will feature Acadian and Cajun artists. Emmanuelle LeBlanc, artistic director for the event, confirmed that Barachois, Les Hay Babies, Arthur Comeau and Famille Savoy would be part of the show, to name only a few. August 14th will be commemoration day in Miscouche with a light and sound show projected on the church after dark. Then it’s on to New Brunswick, more specifically Dieppe, for National Acadian Day celebrations which, according to Lisa LeBlanc, artistic director of the show, will star both well-known and emerging artists. Finally, to close the 6th edition of the CMA, a major event directed by artist George Belliveau will be held in Shediac, featuring Acadie’s pop, country and traditional roots with Salebarbes, Laurie LeBlanc, Hert LeBlanc, Dominique Dupuis, Suroît and Troiselle, just to name a few.

In addition, from August 16 to 23, downtown Moncton will come to life with Extrême frontière, a hub of activity with its concerts, booths and pavilions under the artistic direction of Joseph Edgar. For more than a week, the Extrême frontière space, inspired by the poets, creators and builders of Acadie, will host over fifty artists and musicians from here and elsewhere. The Festival Acadie Rock, a CMA 2019 partner, will be an integral part of this popular festive area.

Last but not least is the family component, the inspiration and raison d’être of the very first Congrès, which was also held in Southeastern New Brunswick in 1994. To date, 29 family reunions are confirmed and will take place throughout the host region, from Souris to Saint-Louis-de-Kent!

For more details on the preliminary program, click here.

About the CMA 2019
The sixth edition of the Congrès mondial acadien will take place from August 10 to August 24 in Prince Edward Island and Southeastern New Brunswick. The mission of the Congrès mondial acadien is to unite Acadians and all those fascinated by the Acadian culture. For more information about programming and events, visit www.cma2019.ca.