Minister Announces Prix-Grand Pré Nominees

Tourism, Culture and Heritage (To Jan. 7)

October 13, 2006 3:33 PM

Four Acadian artists from Nova Scotia have been nominated for the 2006 Prix Grand-Pre, which will be presented at the Creative Nova Scotia conference and awards gala being held at the deCoste Centre in Pictou on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Len Goucher announced the names of the nominees today, Oct. 13, and will present the award at the highly anticipated event.

"I would like to congratulate the outstanding artists from our Acadian community who have been recognized for their important work," said Mr. Goucher. "I look forward to celebrating their achievements, along with those of many other artists, at the event next week."

The Prix Grand-Pre is an annual award that was established in 1987 to recognize Nova Scotian artists whose work reflects Acadian cultural values and traditions, while demonstrating excellence and originality. This year a literary artist will be honoured.

The nominees for the 2006 Grand-Pré Prize are:

-- Germaine Comeau and Jean-Louise Robichaud, who spearheaded and edited Courir la mer, Visages de l'Acadie contemporaine.

-- Martine Jacquot, poet and author, whose most recent novel, Au Gré de vent..., is an epic about 19th century Acadian life.

-- Alian Raimbault, poet and author, whose Herménégilde l'Acadien, a work for young adults, is part of the New Brunswick school curriculum.

-- Marie-Colombe Robichaud, who has researched and recorded in writing the rich oral traditions of the Acadian people over many years.

In addition to the Prix Grand-Pre, the Masterwork Award, Portia White Prize and Aliant New Media Prize will also be presented at the awards gala. Members of the arts and culture community interested in attending the event are urged to register immediately, as space is limited.

The Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council was established in 2003. In consultation with the arts and culture sector, it provides advice and recommendations to guide the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage regarding ongoing investment in Nova Scotia's artists, cultural industries and cultural activities. For more information on the council and the arts and culture conference and awards gala, see the website at www.nsacpc.com . For more information on the Prix Grand-Pre, see www.gov.ns.ca/dtc .


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     Four Acadian literary artists from Nova Scotia have been

nominated for the 2006 Prix Grand-Pre.

     The nominees are Germaine Comeau and Jean-Louise Robichaud,

Martine Jacquot, Alian Raimbault, and Marie-Colombe Robichaud.

     The prize is awarded annually to an artist whose work

reflects Acadian cultural values and traditions, while

demonstrating excellence and originality.

     Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Len Goucher will

present the prize at the Creative Nova Scotia conference and

awards gala in Pictou on Thursday, October 19th.

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Media Contact: Vicki Fraser
              Tourism, Culture and Heritage
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              Paul Gallant
              Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council
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