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With the Congrès mondial acadien 2024 (CMA 2024) set to kick off one year from today, the highly anticipated event unveils a host of programming details. 
Alongside the introduction of three community stopping points called the Stations, the announcement includes details about a brand new flagship event, the artistic directors for CMA 2024’s flagship events, and more.  

Taking place in Southwestern Nova Scotia between August 10-18, 2024 predominately in the communities of Clare and Argyle, CMA 2024 packs a tremendous amount of gatherings, conferences, and activities into nine full days celebrating the diverse and eclectic vibrancy of Acadian culture.  

Introducing the Stations: Three Community Stopping Points

With activities spanning several municipalities over the course of its nine-day run, CMA 2024 introduces Stations - three community stopping points that serve as information centers, gathering places, conference locations, and important performance spaces. 

Paying homage to the railway that once ran through southwest Nova Scotia, the Stations are also a way for CMA attendees to connect with each other during the expansive event.

The Stations will be at Université Sainte-Anne in Church Point, Exit 33 off Route 103 (including spaces such as the Centre communautaire de Par-en-Bas) in Tusket, and the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth -- each providing important platforms for many CMA 2024 activities by grouping key locations together.

In addition to those associated with the Stations, CMA 2024 is also set to host many events in local venues, community halls, churches and more. These venues will offer a variety of activities including music, dance, film, visual arts exhibitions, literary events, and much more.

A full list of venues, and the activities therein, will be announced in the coming months.

New Flagship Events Added

Expanding its scope of flagship events, CMA 2024 unveils the Saturday Night Party – a high-energy celebration that will help usher in the finale of the Congrès mondial acadien. Taking place at the Mariners Center in Yarmouth, NS on Saturday, August 17, the event will feature a unique mix of music, performances, art installations, and cultural experiences. More details about Saturday Night Party will be announced in the coming months.

The four flagship events taking place during CMA 2024 are the following: 

August 10 — Opening Day Festival — Clare, NS @ Université Sainte-Anne 
August 15 — National Acadian Day — Yarmouth, NS @ Yarmouth Airport
August 17 — Saturday Night Party – Yarmouth, NS @ Mariners Centre
August 18 — Closing Ceremony Concert — Wedgeport, NS @ Wedgeport Tuna Museum

More details on these events, including the newly announced Saturday Night Party, will be announced in the coming months.

Artistic Directors Announced for Flagship Events

With its four flagship events now announced, CMA 2024 is excited to reveal the team of eclectic creatives who have been recruited as the Artistic Directors for these shows.

Celebrated musician Jacques Blinn and artist manager/music industry professional Julie Frigault spearhead the Opening Day Festival at Université Sainte-Anne in Clare, NS on Saturday, August 10. 

Heralded violinist and collaborator Daniel LeBlanc and Acadian theatre and cinema artist Anika Lirette take the reins of the National Acadian Day concert taking place at the Yarmouth Airport in Yarmouth, NS on Thursday, August 15. 

Multidisciplinary artist Céleste Godin joins forces with musician Trevor Murphy to bring the Saturday Night Party to life at the Mariners Center in Yarmouth, NS on Saturday, August 17.

For the Closing Ceremony Concert, revered and respected artists Ronald Bourgeois and Yvette d’Entremont team up to cap off CMA 2024 with an intimate event at the Wedgeport Tuna Museum in Wedgeport, NS on Sunday, August 18.

Many more details about all these events will be announced in the coming months. 

Other Updates

Family Reunions - With nearly 20 family reunions in the works already for CMA 2024, organizers are still looking for more families who would like to participate in what has come to be known as one of the most important components of the Congrès mondial acadien. 

The list of families already signed-up to participate is as follows: Babineau and GrangerBelliveauBoudreau,BourgeoisBroussardComeauDaigleDeveauDugasForest, the Founding Families of the Pubnicos (Amiraultd’Entremontd’Eon), Gallant and Haché, Guédry-PetitpasMailletMorin and MartinRichardRobichaudThibault, and Thibodeau. To learn more, click HERE.

Youth Involvement – The Congrès mondial acadien is partnering with the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques to welcome le Forum des jeunes ambassadeurs – workshops for young adults from the Americas aged 18 to 35 during CMA 2024. These workshops help young francophones hone skills in leadership, learn how to become engaged citizens, develop awareness of challenges in la Francophonie, and to meet up and exchange ideas to foster long-lasting connections. 

Many more details about the Congrès mondial acadien 2024’s programming are still to come. Stay tuned for these announcements by subscribing to the social media pages (Facebook Instagram) and the CMA 2024 newsletter, and by staying in touch with our communications team, detailed below.

The Congrès mondial acadien 2024 recognizes the financial contribution of the Government of Canada, the province of Nova Scotia, and the municipalities of Clare and Argyle.

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Trevor Murphy | Publicist and Communications Deputy Director
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