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MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, a driving force for our city’s international profile

Délice, the network of gourmet cities, and Illuminart present their convention


 Montreal, Tuesday, February 28, 2017 — The 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented by RBC in collaboration with Bell, is just days away, and Montreal is ready to experience even more excitement as it celebrates its 375th anniversary: two major new festival events are set to make this city an essential international destination this winter. On the one hand, the members of the Délice network of global gourmet cities arrive to enhance the festival’s gastronomy program with a thousand flavours from the four corners of the world, gathering in the InterContinental hotel from March 1 to 3 for a conference devoted to evolving culinary trends. On the other, new light-centric event Illuminart welcomes an international conference on the theme of light festivals in the Cœur des sciences de l’UQAM from March 2 to 4.

“MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE proudly supports these two conventions presented as part of Illuminart and its fine dining program in collaboration with the Délice network. These are two major events devoted to artisans, artists and the latest trends in gastronomy and the events sector, a tremendous showcase for Montreal and its fabulous creative and innovative potential!”

—    Jacques-André Dupont, CEO of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

A crossroads of creativity

“Tourisme Montréal is delighted to welcome Délice, the international network of gourmet cities, to the largest winter festival anywhere, an event that allows Montreal to showcase its culture and gastronomy, all while drawing tourists from all over the world. Our city is renowned as a venue for creative cultural exchanges. Network members will discuss and share ideas on gourmet trends.”

—    Yves Lalumière, CEO of Tourisme Montréal.

Welcoming the Délice network into the festival’s gourmet program opens the door to an edition that’s richer and more diverse than ever: chefs from all over the world, bonded by their passion for innovation and culinary discovery, arrive to share their savoir-faire with our own Montreal chefs in the renowned pairings of our Finest Tables. In all, 14 guest chefs from South Africa, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, the U.S., Finland, France, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey will participate in 30 tasty rendezvous. We remind everyone that the Délice network was launched by Lyon, the festival’s grand featured city, in 2007.

An array of activities

In the wake of this flurry of gourmet creativity, the Délice convention opens the door to a series of exchanges, discussions and reflections on the subject of current culinary trends and their role in the social evolution of our cities.

-       A guided tour of Atwater Market and the Saint-Henri neighbourhood

-       Tastings in many of Montréal’s famed gourmet spots

-       Conferences on evolving urban gourmet trends and the role of gastronomy in Montréal

-       Discovering local culinary initiatives and artisans

March 1 to 3 at the InterContinental hotel
360 St. Antoine Street West
514 987-9900

A hub of expertise

As Montreal welcomes this new program combining art, light and technology in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, the organizers of Illuminart are delighted to head up an international convention on the theme of illumination events. Featuring a series of encounters, presentations, conferences and tours, the convention will inspire mutually beneficial exchanges between the varied players in the milieu, positioning Montreal at the forefront of research and creativity in the domain of illumination events, and offering a showcase and lab for local creative professionals and artisans, working in the context of an international network. We remind everyone that Illuminart, presented by Casino de Montréal, is the culmination of the “Rendez-vous de la créativité multimédia interactive et lumineuse” project presented at the Je vois Montréal forum, organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal in 2014. The project was a commitment made in collaboration with the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership aiming to spotlight Montreal as a smart and digital city and affirm its position as an innovative metropolis.

Featuring 150 guests from 28 countries, this convention assembles organizers of local and international light festivals, artists, creators, videographers, educators, designers, business leaders, concept developers, specialty firms, specialists, researchers and governmental organizations. Among them, we highlight the specialists from Lyon and its Fête des Lumières, pouring their valuable artistic collaboration into the conception and implementation of Illuminart.

In addition to work sessions planned with members of the International Lightfestival Organisation, the schedule will feature a number of seminars and presentations:

-       Lecture by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, concept developers behind Cité Mémoire, a circuit featuring 20 portraits recounting the history of Montreal, stretching across the entirety of Old Montreal (March 2, 7 p.m.).

-       Presentation of the International Lightfestival Organisation (ILO), by Mikaël Frascadore (March 3, 1 p.m.).

-       Seminar on exporting works internationally (March 3, 1:30 p.m.).

-       Seminar on innovations and emerging trends in lighting, design and technologies with Maxim Bonin, Jonathan Bonneau, Claudine Boulanger, and Luc Courchesne (March 3, 3:15 p.m.).

-       Presentation of Lyon’s Fête des Lumières, by Gilles Flouret (March 4, 3:45 p.m.).

-       Presentation of the Glow Eindhoven festival, by Robbert Ten Canten (March 4, 4:30 p.m.).

Spotlight on Montreal savoir-faire

In addition, specialists from all over the world can discover Montreal know-how, opening the door to possible future benefits and spinoffs for local artists and creators beginning as early as next year. With more than 115 light festivals worldwide, local artists have the opportunity to more easily circulate their works internationally. Features:

-       Guided tour of the Cité Mémoire project (March 2, from 8 p.m.).

-       Tour of the Illuminart circuit and the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE site (March 3, from 7 p.m.)

-       Presentation and open visit unveiling the Nuit blanche à Montréal (March 4).

-       Presentations by local artists, including Serge Maheu, Daniel Iregui and Atomic 3 (March 4, from 1:30 p.m.).

The 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will run from February 22 to March 4, 2017

About the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary

The Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the celebrations and socioeconomic contributions that will mark Montréal’s 375th anniversary in 2017. With a focus on promoting Montréal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for local forces in carrying out its mandate: to mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, rigorously manage public funds, develop quality programming and ensure the visibility of the celebrations.

The Society benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal, the Québec government, the Canada government and private funding from 12 Great Montrealers. For more information, see

To learn more about the contribution of the Québec government to Montréal’s 375th Anniversary celebrations, click here.

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