Culture : at the Heart of the Québec Identity
True to its roots while at the same time looking to the future, Québec culture has a je-ne-sais-quoi 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, the boldness and talent of its creators, and the vitality of its artistic and literary environment are just a few of the reasons to discover Québec’s cultural life.
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An exuberant environment
There are over 400 cultural events and festivals of all kinds taking place across Québec each year, many of which are world renowned. These events and festivals attract crowds from across the country and beyond.
These events, concerts and shows offer visitors a taste of Québec culture while discovering its innumerable facets.
Montréal: a cultural metropolis
Montréal loves to showcase 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. A hub for emerging artists, Montréal was designated a UNESCO City of design and forms part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
The city also stands out as a major international creative hub, particularly in contemporary dance and digital arts.
Québec City: creative and dynamic
Québec City is considered the cradle of French civilization in North America and is renowned for its exceptional cultural vitality. The city harbours 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.
On October 31, 2017, Québec was designated a City of Literature by UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network—the first French-speaking city to earn this distinction.
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.