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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Expo 67 welcomed the World Festival, which took place primarily in the three halls of Place des Arts, at Expo-Théâtre and at the Autostade. As well, a wide variety of activities were offered in the pavilions and on site, allowing visitors to truly immerse themselves in culture. It was an event of unequalled magnitude: it attracted the best dance, theatre and opera ensembles; the biggest orchestras; and a star-studded group of performers. There were also a number of blockbuster shows. Several folk groups, jazz orchestras and variety shows completed the line-up. A parade of stars such as Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Sir Laurence Olivier, Maurice Chevalier and Marlene Dietrich, as well as up-and-coming stars, such as Maurice Béjart and Luciano Pavarotti, performed. Talented French Canadian artists and composers also appeared at their own festival: La Semaine de la Chanson.

The fine arts also had a special place at Expo 67. Aside from the works shown in the national pavilions, the International Fine Arts Exhibition at the Cité du Havre Art Gallery showed nearly 200 masterpieces from various eras and from 40 countries. Works from artists such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Degas and Riopelle wowed visitors with their beauty and rich use of colour.

There was also an open-air show devoted to contemporary sculpture, where some 50 works were on display. Two other international exhibitions also took place: the International Design Exhibition thrilled fans of industrial design, while the International Photography Exhibition, with its focus on the human being, attracted amateurs and professionals alike. Cinema was popular throughout Expo 67, and in addition to being present in a number of pavilions, it also had its own festival. Altogether, more than 5,000 films in various formats were shown!



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