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Call for proposals for the next Place Des Festivals

The Luminothérapie winter event in Quartier des Spectacles just ended for the season but the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership is already getting ready for the next edition. The Partnership issued a call for proposals for the component of the program aimed at showcasing and enlivening Place des Festivals during Luminothérapie 2014-15. Registration will be open until April 4 at noon Montreal time.

Those interested are invited to submit original concepts to be produced in the Quartier’s signature public space for the fifth annual Luminothérapie, which will run from December 10, 2014 to February 1, 2015.

“Every year, this competition’s winners say the same thing: Luminothérapie is a remarkable opportunity to use the city as a creative playground, as well as being a superb showcase for their talents,” said Quartier des Spectacles Partnership chair Jacques Primeau. “The event attracts an impressive amount of both domestic and international media coverage. Some works have even been presented elsewhere. I am thinking of the Iceberg installation, created in 2012 by ATOMIC3 and Appareil architecture, which is now enjoying tremendous success in Brussels. Who will have the honour this year?”

Proposed projects must be deeply connected to winter and inspired by the site’s uniqueness. Projects must also give visitors a meaningful, participatory, experience by day or by night, and create a festive and luminous ambiance.

In order to promote the emergence of new cultural and artistic practices, applicants are strongly encouraged to form multidisciplinary teams. Quartier des Spectacles favours projects that encourage multiple points of view, in which disciplinary boundaries are blurred by the amalgamation of the languages of design, performing arts, literature, and visual and/or media arts.

The competition has two phases. In the first, applicants submit proposals for review; submissions are anonymous in order to maintain impartiality and ensure openness to new voices. In the second phase, the finalists will give a presentation to a jury.

The total production budget for the winning project is $225,000.


Participants must register by April 4 at noon Montreal time in order to receive the documents required for preparing their proposal. For registration forms, regulations and evaluation criteria, visit

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