By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: What kind of summer events are planned around Quebec City. I know last year they celebrated their 400th anniversary.

A: Quebec City enjoys celebrations year round and summer is no exception. There will be all types of parties, celebrations, many of which are free to attend. For instance the Quebec City International Summer Festival an extraordinary 11-day event with over 300 performances is now in full swing with this year’s closing weekend which ends on July 19 promising to be one big party.

Even if you miss this party, for the first time ever, concert organizers are raving how the final weekend concerts by Plácido Domingo and Sting which will be staged on the Plains of Abraham July 17 and 18 will be shot and shown on pay-per-view TV Canada.

Cirque du Soleil which is celebrating its 25th anniversary has a special exclusive performance for Quebec City audiences only. Dubbed, ‘Les Chemins invisibles” (The Invisible Paths), this free street event is a travelling performance on view now through September 7, 2009.

Performances are held nightly Wednesday through Sunday in the Saint-Roch neighbourhood and begin simultaneously at three venues. Choose from the Brumes tribe who meet at Saint-Dominique between Saint-Roch and De la Reine; the Brasiers tribe who will be at the corner of Dupont and Saint-Vallier East; and the Sables tribe who will be at the corner of Léperon and Saint-Vallier East.

Robert Lepage who brought his amazing multimedia show to the old Bunge grain silos of Quebec City’s waterfront for last year’s 400th anniversary is returning with his 40-minute production “Image Mill.” Considered the world’s biggest outdoor architectural projection ever made, this free summer stage show will be presented each summer for the next five years. You can view The Image Mill now through September 7, 2009.

Now in its 15th season, the Loto Quebec International Fireworks Competition is having this astonishing pyro-musical competition at the historic Montmorency Falls Park from July 25-August 12, 2009. View top-ranking fireworks teams from England, South Africa, Italy, Spain and Canada.

For a taste of New France, the SAQ Nouvelle France Festival takes place August 5 through 9, 2009. Among the period re-enactments with music and dance you can view “Giants,” which are large-sized puppet mannequins with costumed performers breathing life into them through the streets of Old Quebec. These characters from the 15th century are inspired from legends and biblical references used to ward off evil.

For more events listings in and around Quebec City visit Quebec Region or call 1-877-BONJOUR ext. 655.


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