Fes­ti­val de­tails un­veiled

An­nual Ren­dez-vous Rus­tico cel­e­brates Canada

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY -

The 23rd edi­tion of the Ren­dez-vous Rus­tico fes­ti­val will be marked by a part­ner­ship with the Fédéra­tion cul­turelle de l’Île-duPrince-Édouard (FCIPE).

This Fran­co­phone or­ga­ni­za­tion, whose goal is to en­sure and sus­tain the cul­tural and artis­tic evo­lu­tion of the Aca­dian and Fran­co­phone com­mu­nity of Prince Ed­ward Is­land, will bring its «Car­naval en prom­e­nade»: a tour of par­tic­i­pa­tory ac­tiv­i­ties to cel­e­brate the 150th an­niver­sary of Canadian Con­fed­er­a­tion.

«This show that will move from re­gion to re­gion will be the un­miss­able event of sum­mer 2017. We are there­fore lucky to be able to in­cor­po­rate this car­ni­val in our fes­ti­val!» says An­dréa De­veau, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Con­seil aca­dien de Rus­tico (CaR).

His­tor­i­cally, when the Fa­thers of Con­fed­er­a­tion met in Char­lot­te­town in 1864 to form our coun­try, the is­land com­mu­nity gath­ered around a car­ni­val. It is with this idea that the FCIPE has cre­ated this project to pro­mote and cel­e­brate to­gether the cul­tural di­ver­sity of Canada in 2017 through a car­ni­val that com­bines dance, mu­sic, tra­di­tions and cir­cus arts.

Len­nie Gal­lant will of­fer a unique show with many sur­prises Sun­day evening at St. Au­gus­tine›s Church. A beloved child of Rus­tico and win­ner of the 2017 ECMA Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the year, Gal­lant would not miss this con­cert.

«For me, Ren­dez-vous Rus­tico is al­ways the most fun show of the year!» he saidin 2016.

For more than 20 years, Gal­lant has gained loy­alty from his fans who come back year af­ter year to watch him sing on the stage of the old­est wooden church on the Is­land.

Since 1994, the Ren­dez-vous Rus­tico fes­ti­val has touched the souls of is­lan­ders and vis­i­tors alike. In cre­at­ing this fes­ti­val, Maude Des­jardins, then pres­i­dent of the Aca­dian Coun­cil of Rus­tico, wanted to high­light Aca­dian and fran­co­phone cul­ture and joy. It is in this dy­namic that the Con­seil Aca­dien de Rus­tico, a not-for­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sent­ing the Aca­di­ans, Fran­co­phones and Fran­cophiles of Grand-Rus­tico co­or­di­nates the plan­ning and im­ple­men­ta­tion of this event.

The de­tailed pro­gram of the fes­ti­val will be avail­able in the com­ing weeks on www.ren­dezvous­rus­tico.com and Face­book @rd­vrus­tico

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