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Since October 8, Place des Arts will be able to welcome spectators into its performance halls at maximum capacity, in compliance with Public Health guidelines. See details

Photo credit : Thibault Carron
Photo credit : Thibault Carron

Activities for the General Public

Explore the performing arts!

L'Art en soi’s Activities for the General Public allow you to discover the performing arts and connect with various communities.

Workshops, discussions, exhibitions, public performances, and even a festival put you in direct contact with the performing arts! Over 200 activities held throughout the year provide opportunities to explore and reflect, give you a chance to actively try your hand at various artistic disciplines, and allow you to form bonds with other community members!

Open and accessible to everyone, the activities are held in Place des Arts’ public spaces: the Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, the Esplanade de la Place des Arts, and the Salon urbain.

Normally, tens of thousands of people take part in these more than 200 free activities every year.

Photo credit: Thibault Carron

Place des Arts Workshops 

Place des Arts Workshops provide free introductions to various disciplines of the performing arts, with professional guidance. After getting an overview of the discipline, participants are encouraged to delve into its practice right away. A group performance by the artists and participants brings the workshop to a close.

Learn more about the Place des Arts Workshops


Entretiens arts et société

A sharing of ideas through lively discussions: Place des Arts’ Entretiens arts et société invite stakeholders from various social and cultural spheres to share their points of view on substantive themes.

Learn more about the Entretiens arts et société


Photo credit: Frédéric Faddoul

L’Art en soi Festival

Over the course of several days on the Place des Arts Esplanade, the L'Art en soi Festival—formerly known as Hors les murs—features evenings of dancing that introduce Montrealers to various dance styles, joined by professional dancers and musicians. Also, during the lunch hour, citizens get a chance to boost their energy levels with various singing or dance workshops. On weekends, Fêtes famille events give the younger crowd an opportunity to explore the performing arts through various activities for the whole family.

Learn more about the L'Art en soi Festival


Photo credit: Thibault Carron

Summer Break

In August, Place des Arts encourages you to take a cultural Summer Break on its outdoor Esplanade! On the program: a musical atmosphere, artistic performances, archival photo projections, and lighting that promotes relaxation!

Learn more about the Summer Break


Crédit photo : Caroline Bergeron / Digital works: Leges Motus of Dark Matters

Exhibitions and Digital Works

In the day and evening, Place des Arts’ exhibition room showcases works relating to the performing arts and topics of current interest. Works by emerging visual and media artists are also regularly featured. Lastly, a one-of-a-kind mosaic made up of 35 screens, located right by the exhibition room, continuously displays digital works of art, custom created by artists from here at home and abroad.

Learn more about the exhibitions and digital works


Crédit photo : Mikaël Theimer

Adaptive Arts

The Adaptive Arts Program offers introduction to the performing arts workshops that have been custom designed for individuals with functional limitations. At the conclusion of each series of workshops, participants are invited to share the fruits of their explorations in a public performance at Place des Arts. In 2020, Place des Arts’ Adaptive Arts Program won the Monique-Lefebvre Prize, awarded by the AlterGo organization. A visit to Place des Arts can prove to be a most moving occasion when you get the opportunity to see a presentation by this program’s participants.

Learn more about the Adaptive Arts Program


Micro ouvert autochtone

The Micro ouvert autochtone program, developed by Place des Arts in collaboration with various indigenous stakeholders in Quebec, will feature a series of workshops that introduce indigenous people to the performing arts and allow them to freely express themselves. At the conclusion of the workshop series, young participants will be invited to share their creative works in a public presentation at Place des Arts. Come back soon to learn more about this new program!


Activities for the general public are made possible through the financial support of the Fondation de la Place des Arts and its partners. Make your donation today!

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