L’Acadie Is Expecting Company!
We’ll be there, together... August 8-24, 2014
Are you related to the great Acadian family or would you like to be part of it? Then you’re invited to the Congrès mondial acadien (World Acadian Congress), an event which brings together Acadians and their friends from around the world for several weeks of meetings and celebrations. Held every 5 years, the event takes place in the weeks surrounding August 15, the National Day of Acadia.
Much more than a summer festival, this international convention is a meeting place for today’s Acadian communities. It’s an extraordinary gathering of over 50,000 visitors who feel a deep connection to history and those in the Acadian diaspora who were dispersed around the world after the 1755 Expulsion. The first congress was held in 1994 in southeastern New Brunswick, followed by Louisiana in 1999, Nova Scotia in 2004 and the Acadian Peninsula in 2009.
The Congrès mondial acadien 2014 will be hosted by the “Acadia of the Land and Forests,” encompassing 50 Acadian and Brayonne municipalities in northwestern New Brunswick, Maine’s Aroostook County and the Témiscouata region of Quebec. The 3 jurisdictions have an extensive program in store for participants. From cultural, educational and sporting events to formal ceremonies, mega parties, genealogy sessions and over a hundred family reunions, the Acadians will have an opportunity to remember their past, celebrate the present and discuss their future in a spirit of togetherness.
There’s no need to wait until 2014 to learn more about the Acadia of lands and forests! Here are a few activities to give you an idea of this region’s vibrant culture and heritage:
• Party on at the Foire Brayonne in the city of Edmundston
• Discover the history of the lands and forests of Acadia through song, dance and theatre
• Learn to prepare your own buckwheat 'ploye' at the Edmundston market
#ThatsMyNB - Roch Voisine, singer-songwriter
Voisine is the official spokesperson for the Congrès mondial acadien 2014 which will be held in the Acadia of the Lands and Forests, mainly in the Edmundston and Madawaska County area in New Brunswick, Canada, from August 8 to 24, 2014.