Located in downtown Montreal, The Quartier des Spectacles (QDS) is the city’s cultural heart. The Quartier is an all-season, day and night destination attracting droves of tourists and Montrealers alike. With a focus on eight public spaces, 40 festivals, 80 cultural venues, effervescent lighting, and programming throughout the year, the Quartier always has a cultural activity to discover.
The QDS project was born around the year 2000 at the Montreal Summit – a major meeting to define the future of Montreal. The Quartier des Spectacles was then brought forward as a means to position culture as a key developmental tool for Montreal. The Quartier des Spectacles was declared a priority for the City of Montreal, focusing on helping festivals flourish in the downtown area and on showcasing the many cultural institutions and venues within the territory.
Although the district is a relatively new initiative, the area has a history of culture and entertainment, stretching back to the late 19th and early 20th century, when it was known primarily as Montreal’s red-light district. The district continued to flourish over the years, with new theatres, museums, and attractions but was in serious need for revitalization by the end of the 20th century. With the creation of QDS, the vision was not to create a new cultural district, but instead to identify and promote the existing cultural infrastructure. The important public spending since the adoption of the QDS project has since had a more than tenfold impact in terms of real-estate economic impact, thus proving right the initial vision of the positive boost this investment in culture would have for the development of Montreal’s downtown core.
The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership was created in 2003 to manage and program activities in the neighborhood’s public spaces. Today, the Partnership seeks to actively contribute to the development and promotion of the cultural value of the Quartier by integrating urban, touristic, social and economic considerations into every one of its actions. Aside from initiating artistic programming, the Partnership assists the more than forty festivals and events that take place on its public realm.
The Partnership has been an active member in the GCDN Network since its inception. Most recently, the QDS collaborated with other GCDN members LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura in Lugano, Switzerland and Navy Pier in Chicago, USA to present in these cities Impulse, an interactive installation of large illuminated, sound producing seesaws that were originally created for and showcased in the Quartier des Spectacles’ public spaces.
MissionTo actively contribute to the development and promotion of the cultural value of the Quartier by integrating urban, touristic, social and economic considerations into every one of its actions.
Linkshttp://www.quartierdesspectacles.com/en/ http://www.quartierdesspectacles.com/en/discover-the-quartier/; http://www.quartierdesspectacles.com/en/discover-the-quartier/festivals-and-events/; http://www.quartierdesspectacles.com/en/map/#public-spaces; http://www.quartierdesspectacles.com/en/about/history-and-vision/; http://www.quartierdesspectacles.com/en/about/qds-partnership/; http://www.quartierdesspectacles.com/en/blog/; http://www.quartierdesspectacles.com/en/media/;
1km2 (approx. 1 square mile)
Montreal, Québec, Canada