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An Ambitious Plan for the Future and
a Historic Gift for Festival de Lanaudière!
An Ambitious Plan for the Future and a Historic Gift for Festival de Lanaudière!
Joliette, April 13, 2021 – In this unprecedented year, the Festival de Lanaudière team has delved into its rich history to better map out its future. As part of a strategic planning exercise that involved dozens of festival goers, donors, partners, and elected officials, the Festival’s Board of Directors and its team have chosen their new vision for the future: to make the Lanaudière region the hub of classical music in Canada.
To fulfill this ambitious goal, the Festival will work in collaboration with the region’s music community to cement its status as the country’s leading classical music festival, thus reaffirming the essential role of culture as a motor of the economy and of tourism for Lanaudière.
Since its inception, the Festival has been committed to creating bold and accessible events that bring together audiences and artists of international calibre, both nationally and internationally. “While current times continue to be challenging and difficult, they also yield great promise. We are experiencing something akin to a re-foundation. We are projecting ourselves into the future without deviating from our objectives of development, and crafting artistic partnerships that will make Lanaudière an extraordinary cultural crossroads,” explained Artistic Director Renaud Loranger.
A Gift for the Future
This new vision was recently given concrete expression through an act of exceptional generosity. The Festival de Lanaudière received the historic gift of a building in downtown Joliette donated by one of the city’s businessmen, Gérard Descheneaux, a great lover of the arts and long-time friend of the Festival. The building is located at 165–167 rue St-Paul, and is destined to become the region’s music headquarters, with the capacity for hosting musical activities for all types of audiences.
“Father Lindsay, René Charette and Marcel Masse, the Festival’s co-founders, had immense vision, and they knew they could transform lives through music. I am honoured to be able to contribute to their legacy, which the Festival team has pursued so well, and to offer the region a place where young and old alike can discover music,” said Mr. Descheneaux.
“Mr. Descheneaux’s generosity has simply left the Festival’s team and Board of Directors speechless. The gift of this building is no less than visionary: it will solidify the Festival’s roots in Lanaudière, particularly through activities for young audiences. It will unite the Lanaudière music community, and make it possible to welcome the greatest artists from here and elsewhere,” stated Xavier Roy, General Manager.
More definite plans and projects will soon be unveiled with respect to renovations and future use of the building. Discussions are already underway with organizations and artists both in Canada and abroad, in anticipation of Lanaudière’s brilliant musical future.
A Festival this Summer!
The team is currently preparing the Festival’s upcoming edition in front of live audiences and in complete compliance with sanitary measures in place. Details will be announced in a few weeks.
“The experience of our audience is at the heart of our current work and preoccupations. Despite the pandemic, we want to offer deeply moving musical moments in the company of the greatest artists, for music lovers around the world, while making sure the people of Lanaudière really feel the pride of having this great Festival in their own community,” explained Xavier Roy.
Launch of the Annual Fundraising Campaign
Philanthropy is essential to the Festival’s health. Proceeds from its annual donation campaign enable the team to pursue its ambitious projects and to support the most captivating artistic programming. It is possible to donate online, on the Festival’s website.
About Festival de Lanaudière
Festival de Lanaudière is the largest classical music festival in Canada. Founded in 1978, it welcomes over 50,000 members of the public each year for concerts featuring some of the greatest artists on the national and international scene, primarily at the Fernand-Lindsay Amphitheatre in Joliette and in some of the region’s most beautiful churches. The Festival is a member of the Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux (REMI).
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