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A larger-than-life program for the Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal 2013
by Joanie Doucet
July 14, 2013

“Of all the competitions held so far, MIM2013 will certainly be the most spectacular. Since the first edition in the year 2000, the expertise of the mosaiculture craftspeople has developed, reaching a level of excellence unequalled to date, as you will notice this summer. The people of Montreal and the province of Quebec have developed their critical skills since the previous editions were held, and we are duty-bound to offer an event that outdoes all that has been presented up to now. The jury will have very difficult choices to make, both for the international and national works” declared Ms. Cormier. The 2013 edition will display more than 50 works from 20 countries. Nearly 200 horticultural artists will use their ingenuity as they compete to win the Grand Honorary Award and the People’s Choice Award.

Ms. Cormier also took advantage of the occasion to announce the identity of the event’s presenting sponsor: the airline Qatar Airways. Visitors will be able to discover the Qatar Airways Carrefour International and vote for the Qatar Airways People’s Choice Award.

Throughout the summer, the Botanical Garden will be offering special programing centred on the theme of Land of Hope, which illustrates the beauty and wealth of life on Earth. “Through cultural and educational activities, we hope to bring visitors of all ages closer to nature; these activities include creating a collective work out of plants, observing the colourful floral bird species in The Tree of Birds and talks on the art of mosaiculture,” Gilles Vincent adds.

The 2013 edition is an event of environmental significance that incorporates integrated sustainable development practices at every level of the organization. It recently received green certification from the city of Montreal. “This makes the city of Montreal the first city in Quebec to be certified by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec for the utilization of responsible event management practices. We would like to make Montreal a leader in responsible event management, and also raise awareness among promoters who hold events in the public domain, so that they will adopt sustainable development criteria for festivals and events in Montreal. We hope that this initiative will serve as an example,” declared Ginette Marotte, mayor of the borough of Verdun and Associate counselor responsible for Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal 2013.

Maryse Vermette, the CEO of ÉEQ, added: “Éco Entreprises Québec applauds the conscientiousness of the MIM2013’s environmental initiative that’s in line with the sustainable development values that we share. This partnership constitutes a first for our organization, and we see it as a wonderful opportunity to promote recycling, as it is one of the five pillars of certification by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec. We would also like to call attention to the contribution of local businesses which, because they generate containers, packaging, and printed material, finance the Québec recycling system by offsetting the costs of the municipal services that recycle them.”

The 2013 edition of the Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal competition falls under the programming of the Mosaïcultures internationales®, and this year marks the 5th edition. It promises to be a magnificent spectacle for young and old alike and a not-to-miss event at the Montreal Botanical Garden from June 22 to September 29.

Tickets on sale now:

  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row