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"Passages" - New Carlisle Exhibition Looks at Lingustic Relations

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--October 14, 2010

The Kempffer Cultural and Interpretation Centre in New Carlisle is hosting a new multimedia exhibition that focuses on the differences between the two cultural communities of New Carlisle.

New Carlisle, on the Bay des Chaleurs, is billed as the birthplace of René Levesque, the Quebec Premier whose PQ government brought in Bill 101, Quebec's language law. The village is also a very bilingual community, a place where English and French speaking residents have gotten along well for generations. Indeed, the town's motto is "Living in Harmony."

This new exhibition, which has been produced with the financial support of the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network, features illustrated panels, photography and sound recordings of interviews of local people. The exhibition examines the theme of linguistic borders between people and communities, and the dynamics that governed the social links between Francophones and Anglophones in New Carlisle from the 1920s until the adoption of Bill 101 in 1977.

For more information on this exhibition, or on the Kempffer Cultural and Interpretation Centre, call (418) 752-1334, or email

The Kempffer Cultural and Interpretation Centre is located at 125, boulevard Gérard-D.-Levesque, in New Carlisle.

Héritage New Carlisle, a non-profit organization, has as its mission the promotion of culture, heritage and the arts. It manages the Kempffer Cultural and Interpretation Centre, which is open from Tuesday through Saturday, from 1 PM to 5 PM, until December 11, 2010.