PARC BEAUSÉJOUR: AN ENCHANTING SITE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
PARC BEAUSÉJOUR: A NATURAL AGORA
In the heart of the city of Rimouski, Parc Beauséjour is a peaceful site where Rimouski people gather together, practice some sports and enjoy the quietness of the place. Since 2007, the Grandes Fêtes du St-Laurent has been taking place in mid-July so several festival-goers can live a complete musical experience. The site livens up and fills with thousands of participants who came to enjoy the performance of numerous artists invading the great stage.
Parc Beauséjour is a site tailored to held large-scale events. The stage is set in front of a natural slope, thus giving it an intimate feeling despite the high attendance. Close to 325,000 festival-goers have made their way on this enchanting site since 2007, the very first year of the festival.
For its 2012 edition, the festival featured Hedley, Kenny Rogers, Plume Latraverse and Jean Leloup, who attracted more than 70,000 festival-goers on the site over four nights of performances.
Family Day is organised especially for children under 12 years old. On the Sunday of the event, your little ones would be able to enjoy multiple inflatable games, various animations, dance shows, and even a guest performer (Atchoum le Clown in 2012), and all this for free.
This year, the festival collaborates with the Corporation des Métiers d’art/Bas St-Laurent in order to showcase local craftspeople, and to promote Rimouski’s heritage. From July 25 to 28, the Place des Anciens Combattants will give the opportunity to numerous artists from the area to exhibit and promote their products.
RIMOUSKI AND ITS TOURISTIC ATTRACTIONS
The Grandes Fêtes du St-Laurent’s organizing committee promotes various touristic attractions of the area in order to support the tourist supply to visitors. Among those, a sightseeing tour of the military submarine Onondaga and the Empress of Ireland museum are attractions that can’t be overlooked.
AN EXCEPTIONAL PLATFORM FOR EMERGING AND LOCAL ARTISTS
TALENTS FROM HOME
The Grandes Fêtes du St-Laurent has been experiencing a real success since its first year, and emerging talents form one of the key components to it. The organization is proud to showcase young local talents by giving them a golden opportunity to introduce themselves to a large public.
Emerging talents open for main performers on the stage of Parc Beauséjour. For a few years, the festival has been collaborating with Trois-Pistoles en chansons. The champion of the contest is thus given the opportunity to open for one of our international bands. In 2012, Valérie Amyot was privileged enough to open for Kenny Rogers. The Grandes Fêtes du St-Laurent gives to young people an exceptional chance to display their talent on Quebec’s art scene. For most of the local artists who perform on the great stage of Parc Beauséjour, it is the first time that they find themselves playing in front of thousands of people.
AN ECO-FRIENDLY FESTIVAL
Sustainable development is one of the main concerns of the Grandes Fêtes du St-Laurent’s organizing committee. A series of specific actions aims at harmonizing the festival’s activities in order to respect the site, the festival-goers and the environment. These actions will help to reduce to its minimum the impact of the event on the environment.
The Grandes Fêtes du St-Laurent works in collaboration with the firm Sybiomer Inc, a company specialized in environment, environmental impact studies and sustainable development, in order to implement the necessary measures to reach several environmental objectives. Their invaluable support and expertise contribute to the success of the Grandes Fêtes du St-Laurent as an eco-friendly festival.
Every year, the firm Sybiomer Inc proposes new actions so the festival will respect the environment more than ever.
LES GRANDES FÊTES 2013
- 7th edition ;
- 5 days of celebration ;
- Popular prizes ;
- International effects ;
- Day of the Family with major artists for the children ;
- 80 000 expected visitors ;
- Development of the eco-friendly component ;
- The biggest festival in the east of Quebec.