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Cultural Exchange

The World Acadian Congress

The World Acadian Congress (Congrès Mondial Acadien) is an international celebration of heritage that takes place every five years in different regions populated by Acadians. The 2014 gathering was the first time the event spanned two countries. The celebration started in northwestern New Brunswick, moved through northern Maine, and ended in the Temiscouata region of Quebec. Madawaska hosted the centerpiece Day of Noise festivities on August 15 and there were arts, heritage and cultural events throughout the Saint John Valley for this 50,000 person celebration that ran from August 8 to 24. 

For information about World Acadian Congress activities that were held in Maine, click here.

To visit the World Acadian Congress website, click here.


Songs Beyond Borders at the World Acadian Congress

As part of the 2014 World Acadian Congress, the State of Maine and the Province of New Brunswick presented two Songs Beyond Borders performances featuring Maine artists Denny Breau and Josée Vachon, and New Brunswick artists, Danny Boudreau and Caroline Savoie. The artists will performed their songs in English and French.


Denny Breau is known as a consummate picker, evocative songwriter, and engaging vocalist. Originally from Quebec and raised in Maine, Josée Vachon has been sharing her traditional and contemporary folk singing for over 25 years. Caroline Savoie from New Brunswick attracted the attention of more than 10 million TV viewers while competing on The Voice: La plus belle voix (France's version of The Voice). Danny Boudreau from Petit-Rocher NB is one of Canada's most respected singer-songwriters. He has topped Canadian charts and performed in Europe, Africa and the United States. Both nights will be hosted by the charismatic Sylvie Martin. 

Click here for the event poster.

The shows were relaxed performances in which the songwriters shared stories about creating their music and performed selected songs. The event was a manifestation of the creative connection between Maine and New Brunswick and is part of an initiative to expand cultural trade on both sides of the border. 
Coordination of the project was led by Music•Musique NB, a provincial not-for-profit Music Industry Association, in collaboration with the Maine Arts Commission. Other partners include SPAASI (Stratégie de la promotion des artistes acadiens sur la scène internationale), key members of the organizing committee of the World Acadian Congress, as well as representatives from the province of New Brunswick and the State of Maine. 

Musée culturel du Mont-Carmel, Lille, ME

The Musée culturel du Mont Carmel offered a rich variety of cultural experiences during the World Acadian Congress, including musical and singing performances, book readings, theatrical monologues, gallery talks and film presentations.

For information about events that were held during the World Acadian Congress, click here.

For the Musée culturel du Mont Carmel website, click here.


The Musée is located in the village of Lille on U.S. Route 1. You can find it in the township of Grand Isle, halfway between Van Buren and Madawaska. Look for the large green and gold building with twin cupolas mounted by golden trumpeting archangels.