Festival d'été international de Québec

An annual event established in 1968 under the name Festival d'été de Québec by a group of business people and artists from Québec City for the purpose of promoting the region's artistic, economic and tourist potential. As part of the festivities celebrating the 370th anniversary of the founding of Québec in 1978, the Festival welcomed francophone groups from America, Africa and Europe. This dimension of cultural exchange became more important over the years, and the festival became international in 1986. Generally held in July, the festival presents more than 400 shows featuring some 800 artists from about 15 countries. In the year 2000, the event was held on 14 stages set up in different locations in Québec City. Among the awards given during the festival are the Prix international de la chanson francophone and the Miroir de la chanson prize.