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20.09.2013 REVUE DE PRESSE – Countdown 2013: Art, culture and Montreal’s 375th birthday party

Peggy Curran, Montreal Gazette, 20 Spetembre 2013

You don’t have to be running for mayor to have a platform.

In fact, some of the organizations which work year in and year out to make Montreal a better, livelier, kinder and more prosperous place have been faster off the mark in outlining what they want than the folks who are running for mayor and city council seats.

Hours after the campaign posters finally went up for the Nov. 3 election (I don’t know about you but it feels like the kickoff has been a long time coming), Culture Montreal issued a 21 point proposal on what it thinks is needed to shine the light on Montreal’s cultural jewels.

We’re going to be talking more about some of the big ideas on Montreal cultural agenda during the campaign.

worlds a stageBut broad themes focus on encouraging more Montrealers to take part in cultural events; ensuring artists have the wherewithal to be creative (and pay the rent); and looking to 2017 — which marks Montreal’s 375th birthday and the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 — as a target date for showcasing Montreal’s strengths as a metropolis which truly cares about the arts.

While supporting short-term celebration activities, the City must not neglect ongoing activities by artists and cultural organizations, paying due attention to intangible legacies that will remain after 2017.

That Montreal take the opportunity of its 375th birthday to present itself to the world as a city of culture, the centre of francophone culture on this continent and the second-largest French-speaking city in the world, while affirming its cosmopolitan reality and presenting its commitments and successes in terms of diversity.

Meanwhile, Culture Montreal has invited mayoral candidates Richard Bergeron, Denis Coderre, Marcel Côté and Mélanie Joly to share their thoughts on Montreal’s artsy needs on Tuesday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Club Soda (1225 St-Laurent Blvd.).  The event is free and open to the public but advance registration is required: : 

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Peggy Curran, Montreal Gazette, 20 Spetembre 2013

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