Founded in 1978, today the Festival de Lanaudière ranks as one of the North American leaders in classical music. Amid splendid natural surroundings, the Festival’s programming showcases major international and top local artists in performances at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay as well as in various churches and agrotourism sites in the region. The completely immersive, warm and convivial experience it offers is a friendly blend of the world’s greatest concert halls … and the family summer cottage!
The Festival de Lanaudière, an international leader in classical music
The Festival is a can’t-miss destination for classical music lovers from Quebec and beyond, thanks to the quality of its programming, the extraordinary experience of the Fernand Lindsay Amphitheatre, and the enthusiasm of the Festival’s warm audiences. Taking place over five weeks, the Festival has become with the years a must for the greatest international artists such as : Cecilia Bartoli, Ben Heppner, Karina Gauvin, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Maxim Vengerov, Hilary Hahn, Hélène Grimaud, Charles Richard-Hamelin; conductors Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Rafael Payare, Kent Nagano, Bernard Labadie, Paavo Järvi, William Christie; great orchestras such as Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Métropolitain, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and many more. The Festival is a member of the Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux (RÉMI).
Fernand Lindsay Amphitheatre: the core festival venue
Inaugurated in 1989, the outdoor Fernand Lindsay Amphitheatre can hold nearly 2,000 people under its roof and 5,000 on its lawns. The venue is well known for its exceptionally good acoustics, greatly appreciated by both artists and classical music lovers. The Société de la Place des Arts has managed the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay since 1995 and acts as the Festival’s official box office. A number of services are also provided on site, including parking for 1,600 and dining options.