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24 Jun 2013

Berlin: A National Holiday with a focus on culture

Québec Minister of Transport Pierre Moreau at the National Holiday celebrations in Berlin.

Québec’s 2012 National Holiday celebrations in Berlin on June 20 focused on the dynamic cultural ties that exist between Québec and Germany.

In the presence of Québec Transport Minister Pierre Moreau, more than 140 guests from the diplomatic, political, economic, cultural and academic communities attended a concert by bass-baritone Karel Martin Ludvik, a Québec participant in the latest Montréal International Musical Competition.

Culture, European Strategy and Plan Nord

In his address, Minister Moreau alluded to the recent unveiling of the Québec Government’s European Strategy in which Germany features prominently. Québec Delegate General in Munich Charles Villiers summarized recent developments in relations between Québec and Germany, particularly with regard to Germany’s enthusiastic reaction to the Plan Nord following Premier Jean Charest’s mission to Frankfurt and Munich in June, 2011.

This year, the Québec Government Office in Berlin was pleased to welcome the Deputy Ministerial Director to the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Ingeborg Berggreen-Merkel. In her speech, Dr. Berggreen-Merkel highlighted the diversified ties that have developed between Germany and Québec, especially with respect to culture. She noted the ever increasing role of Québec artists in Germany in such varied sectors as film, music and dance.

For the second straight year, Berlin had the honour of welcoming renowned singer Joseph Rouleau in his capacity as co-founder of the Montréal International Musical Competition. Mr. Rouleau addressed the guests, noting that the competition, now in its tenth year, promotes artistic excellence.
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