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22 Mar 2012

Government of Québec and British Council celebrate ten years of collaboration!

<div id="agrandir" style="font-size:10px;color:grey; cursor:hand;" onclick="popup.open('http://www.mri.gouv.qc.ca/PDF/actualites/groupe_500.jpg')">Click to enlarge</div> <span style="font-size:10px;color:grey;">Left to right: Linda Crooks, Executive Producer, Traverse Theatre; Clare Duffy, co-author of <em>Ana</em>, Stellar Quines Theatre Company; Muriel Romanes, Artistic Director, Stellar Quines; Pierre Boulanger, Québec Delegate General in London; Fiona Hyslop, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture and Foreign Affairs; Maude Laflamme, Director, Service culturel, Québec government office in London (DGQL); Orla O’Loughlin, Artistic Director, Traverse Theatre; Graham Sheffield, Director Arts, British Council. (Photo: Marc Marnie)

The tenth anniversary of an agreement between Québec and the British Council was celebrated recently during an event held to coincide with a performance of the play ANA at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland. The evening was held in the presence of Fiona Hyslop, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture and Foreign Affairs, and Graham Scheffield, Director Arts of the British Council, who each gave a speech to about a hundred guests.

Québec’s Delegate General in London, Pierre Boulanger, also spoke to the people in attendance. He pointed out that ANA is a good example of the success of the agreement between Québec and the British Council: “The staging of this bilingual work is the result of close collaboration between the Québec company Imago Théâtre and the Scottish company Stellar Quines, and it features talented performers from both sides of the Atlantic.”

Delegate General Boulanger took the opportunity to underline the success of the Language Assistant Program, in place since 1980. More than 1,100 British and Québec students have taken part in the program since its creation. Cooperation between Québec and the British Council was consolidated in 2002 by the above-mentioned agreement, which covers education, culture, science and technology.

The Delegate General went on to highlight the historical links between Scotland and Québec, pointing to the success of a photographic exhibition called Scots in Québec, which celebrated the contribution of Scots to the development of Québec society.

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