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21 Feb 2013

Nine Québec artists selected for 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie

The Minister of Culture and Communications, Maka Kotto, has just unveiled the names of nine artists who will make up the Québec team at the 7th Jeux de la Francophonie, which will be held in Nice, France, from September 6 to 15, 2013.

Selection process

Participation in the cultural events of the Jeux de la Francophonie is limited to young people aged 18 to 35. National and international juries are responsible for the final selections. The Ministère de la Culture et des Communications had tasked the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec with selecting Québec artists through a call for applications. A jury of pairs then drew up a short-list of applicants, which was submitted to an international jury composed of cultural experts appointed by the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF).

Nine Québec artists successfully navigated the selection process and will represent Québec in six disciplines.

STORYTELLING - Maxime Plamondon, who created Le feu d'artifice, and Gabriel St-Onge, his musician and stage partner.

ORIGINAL DANCE - Choreographer Catherine Gaudet, who will present an excerpt of Je suis un autre interpreted by duo Dany Desjardins and Caroline Gravel.

LITERATURE (SHORT STORY) - Valérie Forgues, who is the author of Adèle encore une fois, La Chute and L'Autre saison.

PAINTING - Pierre Durette, whose work has been compared to a historical fresco that shifts between the Middle Ages and science fiction.

PHOTOGRAPHY - Florence Le Blanc, who is inspired by abandoned, demolished and unfinished buildings.

SCULPTURE-INSTALLATION - Philippe Hamelin, who is a multidisciplinary artist specializing in various expressions of the videographic medium.

Jeux de La Francophonie

Organized every four years in the year following the Olympics, the Jeux de la Francophonie were created in Québec City in 1987 at the Sommet de la Francophonie. These are the only international games where Québec is represented by its own team.

The Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur is responsible for coordinating the Canada-Québec team at the Jeux de la Francophonie in collaboration with the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Two gold medals in 2009

Two Quebecers, Julie Picard (sculpture) and Mathieu Lippé (storytelling), won gold medals in their respective disciplines at the 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie in Beirut, Lebanon.

Québec at the 7th Jeux de la Francophonie (French only)
Jeux de la Francophonie (French only)
Medals by year (French only)
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