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About Arts Alive! Quebec

Six Quebec regions, home to active English-speaking arts communities, have banded together to create an exciting festival which will span summer 2016.

Between June and September 2016, Hudson, Quebec City, Montreal's West Island, Knowlton, Huntingdon, and Wakefield will host weekend-long celebrations of Quebec arts and culture!

Some weekends will focus around a main venue and its environs. Others will transform the entire town into a huge festival. The programming will be highly individual, reflecting local tastes. You'll experience something entirely different at each region's event – from local artists and visiting headliners to puppet shows, literary activities, contemporary dance, theatre performances, visual arts, chamber music, film, or even a Celtic party!

Each weekend will feature at least one stimulating day out for the whole family. All ages will have the chance to be entertained and, better still, participate in an array of creative activities led by musicians, theatre professionals, dancers, filmmakers, visual artists and craftspeople. It will be hands-on and lots of fun.

Communities celebrating the arts? Or artists celebrating communities? Join us and find out!

Arts Alive! Quebec is made possible by the financial support of the Government of Canada.


ELAN Arts Alive! Québec is the brainchild of ELAN Quebec, the English-Language Arts Network.

ELAN is a not-for-profit organization that connects, supports, and promotes Quebec’s English-speaking artists and arts communities. Its members include artists and organizations representing a multitude of artistic disciplines and regions of Quebec. ELAN works in six key areas to:

  • Provide support, services and networking opportunities to English-speaking artists of all disciplines in all regions of Quebec.

  • Promote artists' work so they receive greater recognition and visibility.

  • Collaborate with sister organizations to coordinate and instigate support services, such as professional development and mentorship opportunities.

  • Build bridges between English-speaking and French-speaking communities.

  • Advocate on behalf of English-speaking artists and their community in critical areas such as public broadcasting.

  • Promote arts and culture as a means to enrich education, develop the creative economy and serve as a motor for economic development.

ELAN's philosophy is inclusive, encouraging an evolving Quebec identity that recognizes French as the public language and celebrates social, cultural, and artistic diversity.