Morrin Centre unveils Voices from the Crossroads for 400th

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Photo: Michele Thibeau

From left to right: Société du 400e de Québec director general Pierre Boulanger, Literary and Historical Society of Quebec executive director France Cliche, National Battlefields Commission director André Juneau and LHSQ president David Blair welcome the public to Voices from the Crossroads.

Voices from the Crossroads is the theme for Morrin Centre's planned festivities for the 400th anniversary of the city of Quebec. In the company of its many partners on Tuesday, the centre unveiled its plans, which stretch from January 2008 through December.

Société du 400e de Québec director general Pierre Boulanger pointed out that these activities will help people to "better understand and appreciate the English-speaking community."

The celebrations will kick off with a production of Rosina, an operetta written by Frances Moore Brook, which will run from January 24 to 27 at College Hall. Rosina is a collaboration between the Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique de Québec and Morrin Centre.

The Literary and Historical Society of Quebec will host Literary Voices, a series of authors and discussions once a month beginning in April. The series will run until December.

The Voxtours project has plenty of partners, including Fisheries and Oceans, Parks Canada, CeDeC, Cegep Champlain-St. Lawrence and Cegep Limoulou. Tourism program students have been researching English-speaking community history for these four tours that will be launched next spring.

Voice of English-speaking Québec is planning events for the May long weekend in 2008, Four Hundred Years of History, Two Communities, One Celebration. This homecoming weekend will allow alumni from the various English-language high schools and St. Lawrence to gather. Workshops, concerts and a gala event are also in the works.

A documentary film, Echoes, features places and people who have contributed to the community's vitality over the past 100 years. It will be launched in March.

Also in March, the LHSQ will pay tribute to the long collaboration between the society and the National Battlefields Commission with a Centennial Tea in honour of the 100th anniversary of the park.

Morrin Centre will offer guided tours of the building that houses the library and contains prison cells from its former vocation.

The third annual Celtic Festival should be a treat, with a special 400th anniversary beat with concerts, dance workshops, presentations, and the ever-popular whiskey tasting.

Roots 2008 is another partnered initiative with the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) and Shalom Québec, the Jewish community's project. Roots will be a weekend of presentations and activities focused on exploring the diverse cultural heritage of Quebec City's English-speakers.

Voices from the Crossroads is online at <400voices.morrin.ca>.