Culture : at the Heart of the Québec Identity
True to its roots while at the same time looking to the future, Québec culture has that unidentifiable something that makes it both unique and universal. Its dynamic expression is evident in many sectors: performing arts, visual arts, literature, film, television, digital arts and museology.
The originality and quality of Québec’s productions, boldness and talent of its creators, and vitality of its artistic and literary environment are all great reasons to discover Québec’s cultural life.
An incredibly exciting environment
There are over 400 cultural events and festivals of all kinds each year throughout Québec. Many of them are world renowned. The events and festivals attract crowds from everywhere in the country and beyond.
This extensive diversity of events, concerts and shows provides visitors with an overview of Québec culture and allows them to delve into its myriad facets.
Montréal: a cultural metropolis
« Montréal has the cultural liveliness of big cities and a human side that makes it a welcoming city like no other. »
(Yann Perreau, singer-songwriter-composer)
Montréal loves to reveal its rich diversity, creativity, pioneering spirit, cultural effervescence and undeniable openness to the world. One of its many cultural features is the multitude of renowned international festivals it hosts.
Montréal is a unique venue for emerging artistic talent and, as a City of Design, is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. It will be celebrating its 375th anniversary in 2017. The city also stands out as a major international creative hub, particularly in contemporary dance and digital arts. Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations will take place from December 21, 2016, to December 31, 2017.
Québec City: creative and dynamic
« In the city where I was born, the past carries the present like a child on its shoulders. »
(Robert Lepage, director and playwright)
As the cradle of French civilization in North America, Québec City is renowned for its exceptional cultural vitality. Within its walls are scores of creators, places of interest and major activities, not to mention numerous arts and cultural organizations. In establishing its Première Ovation art program, Québec City has created an effective tool to help talented young artists get started.
In 1985, UNESCO declared the city’s historic district a world heritage site. It goes without saying that Québec City is unique in countless ways. The city’s many historic buildings form an enchanting setting that is well worth discovering.
Regions that beckon
Québec’s numerous regions set themselves apart through their remarkable cultural vitality. They all contribute in their own way to Québec’s beckoning allure. An array of events take place throughout the province, highlighting various sectors of Québec culture.
Travelling through Québec’s contrasting regions is the perfect way to discover incredible landscapes and learn about the distinct cultural features of each location.