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.
(Document: Library and Archives Canada.)
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