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04Avr2016

A Japanese Firm becomes Partner of Le Diamant

Japanese firm Kabuchan International becomes partner of Le Diamant under its private fundraising campaign. The organization’s president, Mr. Takeya Kaburaki, travelled to Quebec City to announce that he was associated with the project in order to promote and encourage artistic and cultural exchanges between Quebec and Japan.

Deputy Premier, Minister responsible for Small and Medium Enterprises, Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Status of Women, Lise Thériault; Quebec City’s mayor, Mr. Régis Labeaume; the General Delegate of Québec to Tokyo, Ms. Claire Deronzier; the President of BMO Financial Group, Quebec and one of the co-chairs of the campaign, Mr. L. Jacques Ménard; artistic director Robert Lepage; and representatives from the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications were on hand when Mr. Takeya Kaburaki announced this significant partnership.

“This association with Le Diamant attests to the strength and impact of Quebec culture abroad and confirms that art transcends borders. We are very proud of the support that Kabuchan International has provided to us and the trust they have put in us. Kabuchan International is a key, trail-blazing partner in making this project a reality. For us, this is a beautiful marriage of East and West,” said artistic director Mr. Robert Lepage.

“We are excited about and looking forward to the completion of Le Diamant. We are convinced that this multi-purpose performance space will be a vibrant arena where many artists can get opportunities, and at the same time present new culture and arts to the world. It will open a new history for Quebec, which is blessed with nature and rich cultural assets. We would like to express our sincere respect for the talent and passion of the great artist, Mr. Robert Lepage,” said Kabuchan International’s president, Mr. Takeya Kaburaki

“We are delighted to see the international private sector committed to funding this innovative and creative project that will contribute to the cultural influence of Quebec City and the entire province,” said Mr. L. Jacques Ménard, President of BMO Financial Group, Quebec, Chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns and co-chair of Le Diamant’s fundraising campaign.

“I salute the considerable contribution made by the Japanese firm Kabuchan International. This support stands as proof of the international interest that is being stirred by creator Robert Lepage and his innovative project Le Diamant,” declared Ms. Monique F. Leroux, President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group and co-chair of Le Diamant’s fundraising campaign.

“This investment from Kabuchan International is excellent news for the capital. Mr. Takeya Kaburaki, I would like to thank you for coming all this way to make the official announcement to the public. It is an honour for the city to welcome you. Your support for the dissemination of Quebec culture means that our unique character will be felt all the way to Japan,” concluded Quebec City’s mayor, Mr. Régis Labeaume.

 

Fundraising overview

The objective of the private fundraising campaign is $10M. The donation by Kabuchan International ($1M) is in addition to previously announced donations by Bell ($2M), BMO Financial Group ($1M) and Desjardins Group ($500K). Note that the Government of Quebec has agreed to contribute $30M, and the City of Québec, $7M. 

Acknowledgements

Le Diamant would like to thank the Government of Quebec and the City of Québec for their precious involvement in making this large-scale project a reality.

Le Diamant would also like to recognize its partners who have been there since the very beginning and with whom it is still actively working to advance the project: Fondaction, le Fonds de développement de la CSN pour la coopération et l’emploi, the Société de développement Angus and the Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins.

About Le Diamant

Le Diamant is a unique venue that is dedicated to presenting the best contemporary creations from here and abroad. The multi-configuration theatre is open to the community and will attract original productions, premiers and large-scale events in an intimate setting. Le Diamant will really showcase the cultural expertise and excellence of Quebec and Canada by drawing international audiences. This influential venue nestled in the heart of downtown Old Quebec will be a hub for the public, up-and-coming artists and creators from all disciplines.

About Kabuchan International

Kabuchan International Co., Inc. was established in 2015 to manage the import-export business of Kabuchan Nouen Co., Inc., which manufactures and sells Ichida-gaki (semi-dried persimmons) and other food products in Iida city, Nagano Prefecture. We have been and will be trading high-quality, traceable food products. It is our mission to bridge Japan dining table and the world through foods and cultural exchange.

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