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Francophone theatre artists from Canada selected to participate in Les Zébrures d’automne festival in Limoges, France

The Canada Council for the Arts will send a delegation of theatre artists from Francophone minority language communities to Les Zébrures d’automne, a festival in Limoges, France, where French-speaking Canada is to be the guest of honour. As a high point of convergence for Francophones from around the world, the festival is an outstanding opportunity for artists from different regions of the world to explore new ways of collaboration, exchange and dissemination.

The Canada Council for the Arts will use financial resources from the Department of Canadian Heritage to fund travel by three to five artists or arts managers from Canada’s Acadian or Francophone minority language communities.

The festival is taking place from September 20 to 30, 2023.

The selected artists are:

  • Cory Haas, Artistic Director, Théâtre la Seizième (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Marc-André Charron, Artistic Director, Satellite Théâtre (Moncton, New Brunswick)
  • Natalie Fehéregyházi, Artistic Director and Producer, Apuka Théâtre (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Frédérique Cyr-Deschênes, Actor (Saint-Jacques, New Brunswick)

Specific objectives

  • Promote encounters and develop professional connections among Francophone artists from French Canada, the French Antilles, Africa and Europe.
  • Stimulate artistic exchanges and knowledge-sharing within the international Francophone community.
  • Encourage artistic collaboration among artists from the international Francophone community that will include co-production projects based on principles of cooperation and reciprocity.
  • Promote Canada’s Francophonie in all its rich diversity.

Selection criteria

For their applications to be considered, artists and arts managers must:

  • have at least seven years of recognized professional theatrical practice;
  • have connections with organizations capable of executing productions or co-productions;
  • be active in a Francophone minority community in Canada;
  • demonstrate a genuine desire for professional development and for encounters with other Francophone artists; and
  • commit to full-time availability from September 23 to 29, 2023.

Application file

Required documents

  • An introduction in the form of either a text of around 600 words, or a video or audio recording of up to five minutes describing:
  • – the part played in the artist’s career by connections with international Francophonie;

    – the objectives on which the artist’s desire to join the delegation is based.

  • A summary of the artist’s contributions and achievements, or an outline of the artist’s career.

The application file should also include the artist’s full legal name, full mailing address, usual telephone number, and email address.


The Canada Council for the Arts will provide a lump sum of $5,000 per person to cover the cost of travel, accommodation, living expenses and show tickets.


Peer evaluation is fundamental to the Canada Council’s decision-making process. A peer assessment committee, composed of experienced professionals selected by the Canada Council for their expertise in their field of practice, will assess the eligible applications.


There are two types of support available to applicants who are Deaf or living with a disability, or who face other barriers and require accommodation.

  1. Application assistance
  2. You may be eligible for Application Assistance to pay for someone to help you with the application process if you are experiencing difficulty and self-identify as:

    • an artist who is Deaf, hard of hearing, has a disability or is living with a mental illness; or
    • a First Nations, Inuit or Métis artist facing language, geographic and/or cultural barriers.
  3. Support for successful applicants
  4. For selected artists or group members who self-identify in their cover letter as Deaf or living with a disability, an additional contribution to cover the cost of disability-related services and supports specifically required for completing the project may be provided.

Applications should be submitted to the International Coordination and Partnerships Unit, Canada Council for the Arts, at international.coordination@canadacouncil.ca no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 17, 2023. Applications should be submitted in a single email and the maximum accepted file size is 25 MB (this includes all attachments).

Please include “Candidature − Délégation du Canada à Limoges” in the subject line.

Inquiries may be sent to the same address.

Applicants will be selected in July. Successful applicants will be notified immediately; the other applicants will not be contacted.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

September 21: travel to Paris

September 22: travel to Limoges

September 23–29: participate in Les Zébrures d’automne (welcome by artistic director Hassane Kassi Kouyaté; meetings with Francophone artists and cultural stakeholders; shows; readings)

September 30: travel from Limoges to Paris

October 1: travel from Paris to Canada

For more information


613-566-4414, extension 0

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free)


17 July 2023


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Funded by the Government of Canada.