September 27, 2018

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From September 28 to 30, it’s time to celebrate the power and diversity of culture everywhere in Quebec, with the 22nd annual Journées de la culture – time to take your pick of thousands of free activities representing the vast panorama of cultural disciplines.

At the heart of the festivities, the Quartier des Spectacles will host a bevy of enticing and original art events. From dance to theatre to music and street art, fill your weekend with some amazing culture!


Guided tour of Surfaces, l'expo d'art urbain

Tour in English: September 29, 7:30 p.m.
Duration: 45 minutes
Promenade des Artistes (corner of Jeanne-Mance and Président-Kennedy)
Free – reservation required

Check out (or revisit) this unique collection of street art, with 14 original works, commissioned for the show, by some of the city’s most exciting artists: 123KLAN, Axe Lalime, Cedar-Eve, Collectif Ashop, Garbage Beauty (Romain Boz et Vincent Boz), Her, Labrona, Miss Me, Omen, Roadsworth, Shalak Attack, Stare, Zek One, Zïlon and Zoltan Veevaete.


Family day at the SAT

September 29, 10 a.m.
Society for Arts and Technology (SAT)

The SAT welcomes families to this activity where they can explore a series of original, inspiring booths, captivating for visitors of all ages: audio production, animation, electronic art, interactive installations... Plus: every hour, immersive short films from SAT Fest 2018 will be shown in the Satosphère.

Du bout des doigts !

September 29 and 30, 1:30 p.m.
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

Taking inspiration from Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s piece Pulse spiral, 2008, this workshop will help you create an electrifying drawing with your fingertips, using the pigment-transfer technique.


Rehearsal of Lady Chatterley’s Lover

September 28, 3:30 p.m.
Salle Rouge – Wilder Building – Espace Danse

If you’ve been dreaming of attending a performance by the Grands Ballets, don’t miss this public rehearsal of Lady Chatterley’s Lover – a wonderful opportunity to enjoy Cathy Marston’s sublime choreography.

Dance lesson for seniors

September 28, 2:30 p.m.
Salle rouge - Wilder Building – Espace Danse

Dancing to the festive fanfare

September 30, 1 p.m.
Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts

Dance lovers, rejoice – you can take in a performance or get up and move your own body! The Wilder studio welcomes everyone on September 28 with a lesson for all at noon, followed by a special lesson for seniors who’d like to express themselves through creative movement. At Place des Arts, everyone is invited to dance to the swinging sounds of Fanfare Pourpour, a festive experience hosted by Yesenia Fuentes and Andrea Nino.

On-site performance

September 30, 11 a.m.
Across from Théâtre du Nouveau Monde

If you like to keep tabs on new talent, don’t miss this creative, collaborative outdoor performances by students from the Académie de danse d’Outremont.


Make your own musical instrument

September 30, 1 p.m.
Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts

Dans les nacelles de Pourpour

September 30, 3 p.m.
Place des Arts Esplanade

Thanks to expert instruction from artists Nicolas Letarte and Amélie Brindamour, you’ll learn to make a musical instrument from recycled materials. A few hours later, you can play your creation during the Dans les nacelles de Pourpour event, a colourful performance starring Fanfare Pourpour, with special guests the Sœurs Schmutt.

Votre corps musical

September 30, 1 p.m.
Espace Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts

It’s easy to forget, but the human body was the first musical instrument. Under the guidance of percussionist Pierre Tanguay, you’ll learn the secrets of polyrhythmic music and parallel beats in a fun and relaxed setting.


Occupation Monumentale

Sunday, September 30, 2:30 p.m.
Free – reservations required

The Monument-National is currently celebrating its first 125 years. For the occasion, artists in residence and students from the École nationale de théâtre created a theatrical work inspired by the historic building, home to the country’s oldest theatre still in operation. This tribute to the great artists who left their mark on the place’s history is presented in the form of two intimate walks.

Improv workshop

September 30, 5 p.m.
Théâtre Sainte-Catherine

Did you know that Théâtre Sainte-Catherine is home to Montreal’s longest-running improv workshop? Beginners and amateurs are welcome to join in this experimental workshop, where they’ll benefit from the extensive experience of instructors who are experts in the Keith Johnstone method.

Journées de la culture

September 28 to 30