One of the largest multilingual literary festivals in North America, the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival was founded in 1997 with the mission to bring together people from different languages and cultures to share the pleasures of reading and writing, two activities that promote greater creativity and better intercultural understanding. Blue Metropolis takes place annually in Montréal, and attracts writers from Québec, Canada and numerous countries around the world during several days.
Blue Metropolis also holds a festival for children which features activities such as story performances specially designed for young readers, as well as meetings and workshops with children’s authors. The Blue Metropolis Foundation organizes educational and social programs for youth to help them discover—or rediscover—the joy of reading and writing. These activities encourage them to stay in school, stimulate their creativity, and develop their social skills. As for the Reading to Heal and to Spread Your Wings initiative, it reaches out to hospitalized children or children in special needs scool.
The Foundation recognizes that reading and writing go beyond entertainment; they are powerful therapeutic tools that can be used to meet a variety of mental health and wellness challenges. It therefore offers several related initiatives and is planning to set up a series of online meetings with authors and experts whose novels or research cover the topics of anxiety, depression, homophobia and/or bullying. Power Corporation is proud to be a partner of Blue Metropolis, an event which provides pleasure to people of all ages—one book at a time.