There are only 80 days left until the fourth congres mondial acadien ( CMA- Acadian world congress ) which will take place on
The Acadian Peninsula, from Aug 7 to 23. Thousands of Acadians from around the world will come together in a family reunion like no other, to celebrate their common history.
The CMA is held every five years and its goal is to tighten the bond between Acadian world wide.
Despite coming to light in 1988, this idea didn't fully materialize until six years later, in 1994, when it was held in southeastern, NB.
Honours went to Louisiana for the 1999 celebrations and to Nova-Scotia for the third CMA in 2004, The congres, in addition to being a time of great festivities, is also a time for families to come together, ( more than 85 Francophone families have already indicated their participation for this year )
For the exchange of ideas and opinions on subjects of common interest, and for show-casing Acadian culture, both at home and abroad.
If you are planning to visit the region this summer, take note of these headline events;
The opening ceremonies on Aug, 7 in the Shippagan, Lameque, Miscou area; Celebrations surrounding the Fete nationale des Acadiens on Aug 15, given to great pomp in the greater Caraquet area; and of course, the closing ceremonies on Aug 23 in Tracadie-Sheila, Neguac, Otherwise, between Aug 16 and 22 you'll want to head up to the school grounds a l'ecole, La Riviere in Pokemouche for a visit to the Espace neuf; a collection of pavilions and open air space
highlighting Acadian family life, innovative products and services , and the renowned creative knack of Acadians and members of the wider Francophonie.
You don't have to have Acadian roots to take part in the festivities; indeed all families interested in Acadians, Acadian history and Acadia in general are most welcome.
Everyone will be on the Acadian Peninsula this summer, even French President Nicolas Sarkozy
has been invited, for more information visit the CMA's official website.
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