The Lanaudière Classical Music Festival and Competition is an enriching and formative experience that helps young Lanaudière residents ages 5 to 25 develop their musical potential.
More than 35,000 young people have participated in the Festival and Competition since its inception 60 years ago. However, due to the pandemic, this important anniversary could not be celebrated for the last three years and the young musicians from Lanaudière have seen their careers affected by not having been able to have direct contact with the performing arts during this period.
For this reason, with the aim of relaunching the Festival and the Competition in the spring of 2023 and giving it new impetus for its 60th edition, the Desjardins Cultural Center is launching an important fundraising campaign. The organization has set an ambitious goal of reaching $60,000 in donations from the community. The campaign aims, among other things, to ensure the appreciation of the regional character of the Festival and the Competition, to increase the number of cultural mediation initiatives carried out within the framework of this important event in the history of Lanaudoise culture, to shine young musicians from here and establish a fund to ensure the sustainability of the Festival and the Competition.
60 years of history in the heart of Lanaudière
The Lanaudière community has demonstrated its attachment to the Festival and the Competition for several years, as many influential players in the region can attest:
“Since I was 10 years old, I participated in the Festival and Contest as a member of my school choir and later as a solo pianist. Several years later, my daughters had the same experience,” says Véronique Delisle, president of the fundraising campaign. “I am happy to be associated with the fundraising campaign for the Festival and the Competition as part of the 60th anniversary. The campaign will allow the Festival and the Competition to continue to evolve over the years, while allowing young people to grow in their musical passion,” she enthuses.
Starting March 31, 2023, Lanaudière’s musical talent will be able to celebrate the long-awaited 60th edition of the Festival and Competition and reconnect with the performing arts on a grand scale. Thanks to the contribution and generosity of the community, the Desjardins Cultural Center wants to keep the tradition of the festival alive for a long time. Thus, the pride of the Festival and Competition will continue to be passed on and forge the careers of exceptionally talented artists, including internationally renowned pianist Charles-Richard Hamelin.
“The Lanaudière Classical Music Festival and Competition played a very important role in my youth. From the age of six I participated every year until I was 19! Therefore, I wish the Festival and the Competition great longevity so that it can continue to encourage and stimulate the new generations of musicians here in learning and spreading classical music in the Lanaudière region and throughout Quebec,” he says. Mr. Hamelin.
For more information about the possibility of making a donation and about the Lanaudière Classical Music Festival and Competition, all details can be found on the Desjardins Cultural Center website at www.spectaclesjoliette.com.