13.07.2011 PRESSE RELEASE – Culture Montréal launches Le Français en scène to promote the use of the French language in the workplace
Montréal, July 13, 2011 – Culture Montréal announces the launch of Le Français en scène, a project that will be the hub of all of its actions promoting the use of French in the artistic and cultural sectors. The project is made possible thanks to the financial support of the Office québécois de la langue française.
“Le Français en scène stems from our conviction that Montréal is a multilingual, cosmopolitan, pluralistic and open city, whose distinctive character is intrinsically tied to our collective attachment to the French language,” says Simon Brault, Culture Montréal’s Chair. “As the declaration of principles adopted earlier this year by Culture Montréal’s board of directors attests, we believe that Montréal’s success as a world class cultural capital relies especially on actively promoting French as the common language at the heart of public life and as a collective heritage that deserves to be protected, celebrated and nurtured.”
In 2008, during a Rendez-vous des gens d’affaires held at the initiative of the Gouvernement du Québec and the the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Culture Montréal and a number of other organizations and businesses signed a Stratégie commune d’intervention that included concrete measures to strengthen the use of French in the city’s businesses and organizations. Le Français en scène is Culture Montréal’s implementation of that strategy .
A linguistic web portal dedicated to culture and the arts
Over the coming months, Culture Montréal will consult Montreal cultural organizations and businesses about the creation of a linguistic web portal devoted to culture and the arts. Both a writing tool and a terminology reference guide, the portal will combine existing resources and tools with new content created in response to the community’s expressed needs. Launch of the portal is planned for the winter of 2012.
Information service offered to cultural businesses and organizations
Culture Montréal also has an information service to help cultural organizations wishing to undertake an official francization process; to get details about the various francization support programs; or simply to promote the use of French in the workplace. “In May 2011, Culture Montréal obtained a Certificat de francisation volontaire issued by the Office québécois de la langue française,” says Simon Brault. “We wanted to state strongly that we adhere to the Stratégie commune d’intervention and show that certification is without a doubt possible for small and medium-sized cultural organizations.” It should be noted that beginning the certification process can in some cases make available grants that can, for example, help with the updating of computer software. Those interested can contact Christiane Loiselle, project manager at Culture Montréal, at 514 845-0303, ext. 36 or at .
Lastly, Culture Montréal’s permanent staff will be supported in the development and implementation of Le Français en scène by the new Committee to Promote the French Language, which reports to Culture Montréal’s board of directors. The committee is chaired by Mr. André Leclerc. Mr Leclerc is a member of Culture Montréal’s board of directors and in this capacity also part of the Comité directeur des orientations of the Stratégie commune d’intervention pour Montréal 2008-2013.
About Culture Montréal
Founded in 2002, Culture Montréal is a non-partisan citizens’ movement whose mandate is to promote the central role of the arts and culture in all spheres of Montréal’s development. By means of mobilizing activities, communications and research, Culture Montréal is helping to build the cultural metropolis. The organization receives financial support from its members and from the ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec, the City of Montréal, the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Cirque du Soleil.
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