Cultural and community life

Acadians enjoy a wide network of local, provincial and regional associations. Thousands of people interested in the development of different facets of Acadian society belong to them.

New Brunswick's communities are very well organized. A number of provincial organizations, supported by about one hundred regional and local organizations, work in every sector throughout the three Francophone areas.

Arts and culture

One of Acadian New Brunswick's best-known features is its activity in the arts world. For several decades, Acadian creativity has been showing the region to the world. Through a host of activities at home and abroad, Acadian artists have gained international renown.

On February 27, 2002, following considerable efforts made by all arts and culture stakeholders over a period of some fifteen years, the Province of New Brunswick established a policy on culture. In 2008, it went further, establishing a book policy. However, the arts and culture sector is still significantly under-funded; New Brunswick's per capita expenditures on culture are the lowest in the country.

  • Aquarium du Centre marin (Shippagan)
  • Le Pays de la Sagouine (Bouctouche)
  • Village historique acadien (Caraquet)
  • Monument Lefebvre National Historic Site (Memramcook)
  • Musée Madawaska (Edmundston)
  • Jardins publics du Nouveau-Brunswick (Edmundston)
  • Centre culturel Aberdeen (Moncton)
  • Galerie d'art de l'Université de Moncton (Moncton)
  • Galerie Restigouche (Campbellton)
  • Fort Beauséjour (Aulac)
  • Centre culturel de Caraquet
  • The movie-making industry in the province is growing. Filmmakers have access to incentives (development and production assistance programs, tax credits, and an industry support program) offered by the Province through Film NB.
  • Recording artists have access to provincial incentives through Initiative sonore NB (development and infrastructure program, sound recordings and demos, product marketing, artistic development).
  • Although the first Acadian publishing company, Les Éditions d'Acadie, has closed its doors, many professional writers can still get their work published by a number of other companies, including Les Éditions Perce-neige, Les Éditions Marévi, Les Éditions Boutons d'or d'Acadie, Les Éditions de la Grande Marée and the more recently established Éditions de la francophonie.
  • There are several Francophone bookstores, including the Librairie acadienne (Moncton), Le Bouquin (Tracadie), the Librairie Pélagie (Shippagan), and the Librairie Matulu (Edmundston).
  • There is a provincial network of public libraries.
  • More than 300 artists work in all disciplines (sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics, multimedia and graphic arts, etc.).
  • There are three professional theatre companies: the Théâtre populaire d'Acadie, the Théâtre l'Escaouette and the Collectif Moncton-Sable.
  • There are several dance companies, including DansEncorps.
  • Acadian New Brunswick has a large network of important heritage sites and institutions. A dozen specialized Frenchlanguage institutions portray the past, present and future of Acadia. They include the following:
  • The Conseil provincial des sociétés culturelles coordinates a network of 13 cultural groups and their performances.
  • Réseau atlantique de diffusion des arts de la scène (RADARTS) broadcasts shows and performances.
  • There is local cultural programming in all areas of Acadia.
  • The three school-community centres provide cultural programming.
  • There are about thirty festivals, the major ones being the Festival acadien de Caraquet, the Foire Brayonne (Edmundston), the Festival du Homard (Shediac), the FrancoFête (Moncton), and the Fête du 15 août (in most Acadian communities).
  • There are a number of specialized cultural festivals: the Festival international de musique baroque (Lamèque), the Moisson d'Art (Tracadie), the Festival des arts visuels en Atlantique (Caraquet), the Festival des vins du monde (Moncton), the Festival des vins français (Caraquet), the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (Moncton), the Nuit internationale du conte en Acadie (Petit-Rocher), and the Frye Festival, an international literary event honouring Northrop Frye (Moncton).
  • Annual galas include the Gala de la chanson de Caraquet, the Gala des Prix Éloizes and the Gala de l'entrepreneur de l'année.