Charlottetown announces details of 1864 anniversary week celebrations

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Meaghan Blanchard performs at a news conference announcing details of 1864 anniversary week events.

A free, week long festival will be held in Charlottetown next month to mark the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference of the Fathers of Confederation.

The City of Charlottetown announced plans for this, one if biggest ever events at a news conference today

Events held during the 1864 Anniversary Week, June 10-15, will be free and include several signature concerts in Victoria Park, fireworks, a skateboarding competition, a dance, a pancake breakfast, a special cultural market, the unveiling of commemorative monuments and much more.

The week of activities will be rich with multicultural diversity, showcase vibrant artistic talents and celebrate the culture and heritage of the City and Canada as a whole.

One of the highlights of 1864 Anniversary Week will be “Québec Day” to recognize the unique place in Canadian history that Charlottetown and Québec City played in the hosting of the Charlottetown and Québec Conferences in 1864.

It will highlight the partnership fostered between Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee and Québec Mayor Régis Labeaume and their respective municipalities.

Similarly, “Charlottetown Day” will be declared on Sept. 6 and celebrated in Québec City.

Labeaume, along with other special guests and dignitaries, will participate in the Charlottetown 1864 anniversary celebrations.

“With the Charlottetown 1864 anniversary celebrations, we are bringing the arts and culture community to the forefront of the festivities during 2014,” said Lee.

“We are proud to be the birthplace of confederation and thrilled to have an opportunity to celebrate the role our great city played with Québec during those vital meetings of the fathers of confederation that paved the way to the declaration of Canada as a country. Remember that 2014 is a year for all citizens to come together and celebrate our shared place in Canadian history. I encourage all Charlottetownians and Islanders to join us.”

Also during the 1864 Anniversary Week, a new gateway to Charlottetown – the historic Hillsborough Commons –  will be unveiled.

This legacy project of the 2014 celebrations has been developed at the Charlottetown event grounds in partnership with the federal Department of Canadian Heritage, the City of Charlottetown, P.E.I. 2014 Inc., the Charlottetown Area Development Corporation, Downtown Charlottetown Inc., and the Charlottetown Harbour Authority.

The historic Hillsborough Commons will transform the entrance of the city into an inviting park with educational, interpretative panels depicting stories of the Charlottetown’s history, a large welcome sign, a beautiful piece of public art and plenty of places to relax or take a stroll. 

Other highlights include: the Mary Lambert Show at the West Royalty Community Centre, a doors open event, an 1864 afternoon tea at the Murphy’s Community Centre, a Cultural Expo and service parade.

Details for the numerous community and family oriented activities of 1864 week can be found on the city’s website at www.charlottetown.ca.

Organizations: Department of Canadian Heritage, P.E.I. 2014, Charlottetown Area Development Downtown Charlottetown Charlottetown Harbour Authority West Royalty Community Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Québec City, Canada Victoria Park

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