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Québec society, drawing from European and Anglo-American influences, displays remarkable artistic vitality and creative potential. Its artists thrill audiences throughout the world.
They include: Céline Dion, Simple Plan, Robert Lepage, Denys Arcand, La La La Human Steps, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Yann Martel and Wajdi Mouawad.
Youth and innovation have made circuses from Québec an international success story. Thanks to the worldwide reputation of the Cirque du Soleil, a new tradition in circus arts has taken root in Montréal where young companies are also to be found.
One of these, the Cirque Éloize, fascinated millions of television viewers during the closing ceremonies of the 20th Winter Olympic Games in Turin.
A BOOMINg FILM INDUsTRy
In 2005, in Québec, audiences at Québec films set new records at five million attendees, equivalent to 18.9% of total attendance.
These exceptional results are the culmination of five years of extremely vigorous growth.
Over 80% of animation and special effects software produced in the world is designed by companies in Montréal.
A Quebecer, Yanick Dusseault, was chosen to head the team of illustrators of the final film of the Star Wars saga. In 2003, the Visual Effects Society awarded a prize to him to acknowledge his work on the film Pirates of the Caribbean.
IMAX technology, which has revolutionized the giant screen field, was also developed in Québec.
In the advertising and film fields, audiences the world over are thrilled by the special effects created by Softimage. For instance, Softimage contributed to the videoclip Original of the Species of the rock group U2.
QUÉBEC wELCOMEs ThE wORLD
Québec expertise and talent in various cultural fields are also in evidence in the profusion of major festivals welcoming the best of Québec and the world:
the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the Festival d’été de Québec, the FrancoFolies de Montréal, the Just for Laughs Festival, the Carrefour international de théâtre de Québec, the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique, the Festival du nouveau cinéma, the Mondial des Cultures de Drummondville, and the Festival international de Lanaudière are but a few examples.
Recognized for its vibrant publishing industry, Montréal was selected by UNESCO as World Book Capital for 2005-2006. This celebration is ringing testimony to Québec’s rich literary culture.
ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL PROFILE OF QUÉBEC
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