City of Québec’s 400th Anniversary
Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond are pleased to announce the participation of the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec during the celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of the City of Québec in 2008.
Since November 2005, Mr. Lafond has been working closely with the Société du 400e de Québec, as well as with the French organizing committee for the 400th anniversary, and the cities of La Rochelle and Rochefort and the Agglomération Royan Atlantique in France. He proposed a program of activities to be held at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle during the celebrations.
Activities and exhibits celebrating 400 years of history
Built between 1693 and 1694, the Cap-aux-Diamants Redoubt is one of the rare remnants of Quebec’s earliest fortifications and one of Canada’s oldest military buildings. Located a stone throw away from the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle, this heritage building has recently been renovated by the Government of Canada and transformed into a permanent exhibit space.
Exhibit inside the Cap-aux-Diamants Redoubt
Photo: Sgt Eric Jolin, Rideau Hall
The exhibit tells the remarkable story of this defensive structure. It will focus on crucial moments chosen from 400 years of political and military history and trace the origins of Canada’s oldest public office, that of the governor general, using illustrations, anecdotes and an audio visual presentation.
Le Grand Livre de Champlain
At the heart of this exhibit is Le Grand Livre de Champlain, a major work of art that evokes the voyages of the explorer to "New France, said Canada". Bringing his notes, maps and etchings under one cover, the book was drawn and handwritten by contemporary artists. It is made of canvas on wood and set in a metal binding, and weighs 300 kilograms. Visitors will be able to turn by themselves the 2.2 metres high and 1.5 metres wide pages. On May 8, 2008, the cities of La Rochelle, Rochefort and the Agglomération Royan Atlantique will present this masterful original work to their Excellencies during their official visit to France.
Watch the video of the arrival of the Grand Livre de Champlain at the Cap-aux-Diamants Redoubt.
Exhibit dates: June to October 2008
Exhibits at the Residence of
the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec
Since 1872, the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle has been the official residence of governors general of Canada visiting Québec. Towering above the Saint Lawrence river, this splendid heritage building will host a series of temporary exhibits during the summer.
The City of Québec Told Through Honours
Photo: Musée national de la légion d’honneur et des ordres de chevalerie
An exhibit showcasing Canadian, French and British honours will highlight the extraordinary lives of the men and women who built this city.
Exhibit dates: June to October 2008
The Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana: Early Impressions of Québec
Detail of Les chutes Montmorency, 1793 — R9266-3456
Born in Québec and settled in Great Britain, Peter Winkworth amassed a considerable number of prints, watercolours, drawings, lithographs, etchings and oil paintings over a 45-year period. This exhibit will include an exceptional collection of works illustrating Québec’s history. The Peter Winkworth Collection has been acquired by Library and Archives Canada.
Exhibit dates: July and August 2008
Meetings and discussions on the francophone culture
Art Matters in Bordeaux, France – May 9, 2008
During Their Excellencies official visit to France, Mr. Lafond hosted an Arts Matters forum in Bordeaux, on May 9. The following question was discussed "The francophonies : un monde de mobilité et de connexions peut-il favoriser équitablement la circulation des idées et des créateurs? " (The Francophonies: Can this mobile and interconnected world promote the fair circulation of ideas and creators?) Taking part in the event were artists involved in Cap sur les ports francophones (Bordeaux) and other guests.
The Art Matters forums, were initiated by His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond, to encourage dialogue and to provide a space for reflection on the creative process and how it is received by society. Over 20 Art Matters forums have already been held in Canada and abroad over the past two years.
Cap sur les ports francophones, of which the Governor General is honorary patron, is a series of encounters filled with artistic emotions and intellectual discussions organized by the Agence Universitaire de La Francophonie and Escales Improbables. Travelling from country to country and port to port (Bordeaux, France; Saint-Louis, Senegal; Jacmel, Haiti, Fort de France Martinique-France; Québec, Canada), artists, philosophers and academics will share their thoughts on the journey, richness and cultural exchanges. Their Excellencies will greet the team when they arrive in the City of Québec on June 3, 2008.
Art Matters in Québec – June 4, 2008
Their Excellencies will host an Art Matters forum at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec, on June 4, 2008. This forum will bring together the Cap sur les ports francophones team, representatives from the participating countries, and their Canadian Francophone and Francophile counterparts. Participants will discuss the theme: Le français, terre d’accueil à la création (The French language: a homeland for the creative process.)
Café philosophique – June 4, 2008
A philosophy café with the participants of Cap sur les ports francophones will follow the Art Matters forum. The public will be invited to the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle for a discussion on Les francophonies comme laboratoire de la diversité culturelle et du dialogue entre les civilisations (Les Francophonies as a laboratory for cultural diversity and dialogue among civilizations).
The exhibits and activities held at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec are made possible through the collaboration of the cities of La Rochelle and Rochefort and L’Agglomération Royan Atlantique in France, the Société du 400e, the City of Québec, Public Works and Government Services Canada, the Royal 22e Régiment Museum, Parks Canada, and Library and Archives Canada.