The Government of Canada supports the 20th annual MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival
MONTRÉAL, Feb. 21, 2019 /CNW/ - Our government is committed to providing Canadians with a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities and bringing artists and the members of their community together.
The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED), today announced funding to support the 20th MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival, which will take place from February 21 to March 3, 2019.
Canadian Heritage is investing $110,000 in this year's festival through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. This funding will be used to support the event's artistic programming, which features media arts and performing arts.
The non-refundable contribution from CED totals $1.125 million over three years (2019–2021 editions) and is provided through the Quebec Economic Development Program. This funding will be used to market and promote the festival in international markets, attract tourists and generate significant returns for all Montréal residents. In addition, the support will allow the festival to develop and launch a new culinary product offering with Quartier Gourmand, a space dedicated to innovative culinary experiences, as the main venue.
"Our artists and artisans are some of the most inventive and talented people in the world. Twenty years ago, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE took a leap of faith and proposed a unique festival showcasing our artists and the city's undeniable winter attractions. Since then, this event has continued to dazzle and evolve, offering everyone many reasons to brave the cold and enjoy new, otherworldly experiences each year."
– The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
"The CED funding for marketing MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE internationally will make it possible to attract more visitors and generate considerable economic returns, as well as raise Montréal's visibility and reputation as a winter tourism destination."
—The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
"MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE clearly demonstrates Canada's winter tourism potential by celebrating unique experiences and the creativity of our artists and chefs. Congratulations to the organizers on the festival's 20th anniversary."
– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie
Founded in 2000, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is a winter event that attracts nearly 1 million visitors to the Quartier des spectacles each year.
This year's 20th anniversary of the festival, which takes place from February 21 to March 3, 2019, will see reworked programming that will highlight three key themes: celebrate, eat and create.
The fine dining component will offer hundreds of activities, including major developments, the Nuit Gourmande and the Quartier Gourmand.
The outdoor site will accommodate the third annual iLLUMiNART, an event involving luminous, interactive installations, free performances and a slide.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
For further information: (media only), please contact: Simon Ross, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155, [email protected]; Media Relations, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, 514-283-7443, [email protected]