August 10 to 24, 2019

Prince Edward Island and Southeast New Brunswick
Opening Day – August 10, 2019
Abram-Village, PEI

Prince Edward Island will host the Congrès mondial acadien for the first time in 2019, and it all gets under way on August 10 in Abram-Village! To kick off the activities, there will be a discovery tour of Route 11, which runs along the Evangeline coast. Various activities will follow throughout the day: farmers’ market, craft exhibit, dancing brunch, street arts, Cajun-style cooking contest, fireworks, and much more!

The day will take on a folk festival atmosphere, with a big show in the evening on the Acadian Festival site in Abram-Village featuring Acadian and Cajun artists, including Barachois, Les Hay Babies, Arthur Comeau, and Famille Savoy.

As the day’s artistic director, Emmanuelle LeBlanc, explained, “Opening day will give people an opportunity to discover some great musical groups and meet with artists from all disciplines, including musicians, cooks, and craftspeople. It will truly be a day of discovery.”

Commemoration Day – August 14, 2019
Miscouche, PEI

In 2019, Miscouche will light up like never before. The day of August 14, 2019, will not only be a celebration of the second Acadian National Convention, held in Miscouche in 1884, but also an opportunity to recognize the importance of the steps that were taken at that time, which were so significant for Acadians.

“The 1884 National Convention had a significant impact on the development of the Acadian identity and the very foundation of what was to become modern Acadie,” said Emmanuelle LeBlanc, artistic director of Commemoration Day. “The Miscouche Convention is a big part of Acadian history; it was then that Acadians adopted a flag and a national anthem and celebrated their national day for the first time.”

To design the celebrations, the artist was inspired by a combination of past and present elements. She is planning several activities in partnership with the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island in Miscouche, a big show with Acadian artists from various disciplines, and a modern square dance. The highlight of the evening will no doubt be a sound and light show projected on the Miscouche church at nightfall.

National Acadian Day – August 15, 2019
Dieppe, NB

National Acadian Day will be one of the biggest celebrations of the CMA 2019. Many activities will be held throughout the day in the host municipalities, including the official flag raising, which will take place in Miscouche. Things then move to Dieppe, New Brunswick, where the big National Day celebrations will unfold. Place 1604 will be the location of the official ceremonies and the public ceremonies, as well as the starting point for the big August 15 Tintamarre, a traditional Acadian noise parade.

In the evening, a big show awaits CMA 2019 participants. A brand new outdoor venue is currently under construction in Dieppe, and the CMA August 15 show will be the first event ever held there, under the watchful eye of first-time artistic director Lisa LeBlanc.

“We’re preparing a huge show for August 15 in Dieppe,” said Lisa LeBlanc, who’s in charge of the National Acadian Day celebrations. “The veterans will be there, those popular artists we already love, along with lots of incredible emerging artists. It’s really going to be a mixture of many elements, mirroring what’s going on in Acadie today.”

Closing Day – August 24, 2019
Shediac, NB

A high-energy show will wrap up the CMA 2019 in Shediac, New Brunswick. The artistic vision for the show will explore Acadie’s popular, country, and traditional roots.

“It’s going to be one big party of an evening,” explained George Belliveau, artistic director of the closing event. “We want to look back on what’s happened during the past 25 years of music, namely, since the very first Congrès mondial acadien in 1994. The night will have people singing, dancing, laughing and crying.”

The stage will host a number of artistic collaborations that look back at some memorable moments from the past and pay tribute to the artists who have left us. Many artists have already confirmed their participation, including Salebarbes, Laurie LeBlanc, Hert LeBlanc, Dominique Dupuis, Suroit, and Troiselle. The show will get everyone dancing: a perfect ending to the 25th anniversary of the Congrès mondial acadien and a perfect start to next one!

For more details on municipal events, click on the names of each municipality in the calendar below!

cma map calendrier EN Rogersville Tignish Tignish Abram-Village Abram-Village Saint-Louis-de-Kent Richibucto Bouctouche Saint-Antoine Cocagne Shédiac Beaubassin-Est Cap-Pelé Moncton Dieppe Memramcook Wellington Miscouche Summerside North Rustico Charlottetown Souris Wellington Souris Charlottetown North Rustico Summerside Miscouche Miscouche Dieppe Moncton Bouctouche Rogersville Beaubassin-Est Saint-Louis-de-Kent Richibucto Saint-Antoine Cocagne Memramcook Cap-Pelé Shédiac