And the winner is…Québec City, of course!
Last month, at a ceremony in London, England, Québec City was crowned Culture City of the Year by the jury of the Leading Cultural Destinations Awards. Recognized for its fine museums and interpretive centers, Québec City beat out fellow finalists Los Angeles, California, and Lyon, France. There can be no doubt that the brand new Pierre Lassonde Pavillion of the Musée national des beaux-arts was a deciding factor in the jury’s decision: it was nominated separately for best new museum of the year. This prize is well deserved, as any visitor to Québec City can attest; we have a wealth of cultural opportunities here, opportunities that appeal to all tastes and all ages.
I would take this recognition a step further, though.
Let’s be honest, museums are not for everybody. But here in Québec City, culture can be had on every street corner. It is culture with a small “c”, culture that makes this place unlike every other place on earth. I am referring to the splendid architecture that is the product of 400 years of artistic innovation and political evolution. I am referring to the culinary traditions that combine European sophistication, North American gourmandise, and cold weather comfort. I am referring especially to the wonderful people here and their French language – things that make every interaction on the streets of the old city a cultural experience par excellence.
Come to Québec City. See for yourself.