A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT
“ASK THE BOOKS I’VE READ WHY I HAVE CHANGED.” – Kamala Das
This quote, from the Indian poet Kamala Das, has inspired me from the moment I joined the Blue Met team. I should say “the Blue Met family,” because it really is an enormous family of passionate booklovers. People just like you. Today, we’re unveiling the 2021 Festival’s spring program, the literary rendezvous you’ve come to expect with the return of warm weather.
Because of the pandemic, and because our programming is mainly international in scope, we’ve decided to present our events online. It would have given us tremendous joy to see you all in person à l’Hôtel 10, but attendance would have been drastically reduced due to current health measures.
Despite it all, we managed to stage 60 events from April 24 to May 2, and we initiated 6 literary walking tours on May 20, to coincide with the return of warm weather.
This year, we held 230 activities, with the help of 430 guest participants, including 365 Canadians and 170 from backgrounds of diversity.
We launched two major social and educational programs.
Thanks to the magic of literature and the power of words, nearly 220,000 festivalgoers of all ages were able to find some peace and inspiration in a world that seemed to be coming undone.
I’d like to thank my colleagues, the members of the Board of Directors and our numerous partners, for their commitment and persistence. We appreciate your continued support and confidence.
– William St-Hilaire
President, General Manager and Artistic Director
PS: I’m looking forward to seeing you again during the next edition of the Festival, which will take place April 29 to May 8, 2022.
THANKS TO THE BLUE METROPOLIS FOUNDATION’S MAJOR PARTNERS WHO SUPPORT THE 2021 FESTIVAL AND OUR 2020-2021 EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL PROGRAMS
MERCI AUX PARTENAIRES MAJEURS DE LA FONDATION METROPOLIS BLEU QUI SOUTIENNENT LE FESTIVAL 2021 ET NOS PROGRAMMES ÉDUCATIFS ET SOCIAUX 2020-2021