Cultural and community life

  • Two community centres: La Picasse in Petit-de-Grat and Les Trois Pignons (managed by the Société Saint-Pierre) in Cheticamp;

  • Three school-community centres: the Centre scolaire communautaire Étoile de l'Acadie in the Sydney region, the Centre scolaire communautaire du Grand Havre in the Halifax/Dartmouth region and the Centre scolaire communautaire de Greenwood;

  • Some Nova Scotian performers are now renowned outside the province and even outside Canada. Among them are musical groups Blou and Grand Dérangement as well as visual artists Denise Comeau and François Gaudet;

  • The Fédération culturelle acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse encourages the development of young and lesser known artists.

In addition to the increasingly elaborate programming offered by the community centres, there are a number of annual events that stand out:

  • Acadian celebrations and festivals traditionally held either during summer around August 15th (including the Festival acadien de Clare, one of the oldest Acadian festivals in the Maritimes) or during the mi-carême;

  • The annual regional finals of the Jeux de l'Acadie for Nova Scotia bring together over 500 young Acadians and Francophones of the province. In July 2008, Nova Scotia held the finals of the Jeux de l'Acadie for the first time in its history; over 1,100 athletes and 400 accompanying personnel came from everywhere in Acadia to attend the 29th Grand finals in the Halifax/Dartmouth metropolitan region.

  • The annual musical presentation Le Grand Cercle recalls the history of the Cheticamp region Acadians.

Since the spring of 1998, the Acadian community is the official manager of the Grand Pré National Historic Site, in accordance with an agreement with the federal government. The site presents the history of the Acadian people and commemorates the deportation of 1755;

Following New Brunswick in 1994 and Louisiana in 1999, it was Nova Scotia's turn to host the Congrès mondial acadien in 2004. Acadians from across the world "returned" to visit the place from which their ancestors were deported. At the same time, the 400th anniversary of the arrival of French colonists in Acadia was celebrated.