Festival receives the New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts Fund Award

Festival receives the New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts Fund Award

Lamèque, NB, Thursday, November 30, 2023: The Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival recently received the New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts Fund Award.

According to the Foundation, this prestigious recognition is intended to highlight and support the Festival's exceptional work in promoting the arts in New Brunswick and beyond its borders. The award is accompanied by a financial contribution of $6,470.

The New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts (NBFA) was established long ago to promote art and culture in New Brunswick. The NBFA continues its good work through a Fund it has established at the Fredericton Community Foundation to support deserving artistic and cultural organizations. The interest generated from the NBFA Fund is awarded each year, led by two former Chairs of the NBFA, Anne Bertrand and Nadia Khoury, who remain engaged in the arts community. "The 2023 prize is awarded to the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival for its accomplishments over the course of its impressive history, its perseverance over the past few difficult years, and its program, which grows each year. The clear support of the local, regional, provincial and even international communities attests to the success of this organization," they said.

Jean-René Noël, Chairman of the Festival's Board of Directors, greatly appreciates the honor bestowed upon the organization. "A thousand thanks to the Foundation for recognizing the immense work accomplished by the Festival team, and for their generous financial support, which will help us pursue our mission," he declared.

From left to right, Margot Khoury (who attended the award presentation in the absence of Nadia Khoury from NBFA), Jean-René Noël and Anne Bertrand from NBFA.

Festival history

The Festival is an annual event dedicated to music from the 1600s to the 1800s, performed on period instruments. Founded in 1975 by harpsichordist Mathieu Duguay, the Festival enjoys an enviable reputation in New Brunswick, Canada and abroad, and is a great success with its music-loving public. It puts on a series of concerts every year during the last days of July.  A cultural event not to be missed in Atlantic, most of the concerts take place in churches and other venues on Île-de-Lamèque, including the picturesque Sainte-Cécile church in Petite-Rivière-de-l'Île, with its generous acoustics.

The Festival has become one of Canada's most interesting festivals, presenting a line-up of renowned artists year after year, and paying particular attention to program and musical quality.

The 48th edition of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival will take place from July 25 to 27, 2024. Tickets go on sale in April 2024.