Festivals in Montreal

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The sheer number of Montreal festivals means that there will likely be some kind of festival to entertain you during your trip to Montreal. Here is just a handful of the kinds of diverse festivals that take place in Montreal throughout the year:

Festival Montreal en Lumiere (Montreal High Lights Festival)

Held for ten days during February, the High Lights Festival is easily one of the most popular winter festivals in all of Canada as around 750,000 people attend annually. The largest culinary festival in Canada, the festival also focuses on art and culture as well as serving as a celebration of light. The brilliant artistic array of electric lights on the long, dark winter nights is a sight to behold.

You can sample global and Canadian cuisine and wine at an expansive festival ground that covers Old Montreal, Quays of the Old Port and the Place des Festivals. Enjoy music, light shows and art on display. Since the festival never ends during the festivities, the Metro stays running 24/7 to accommodate all of the traffic.

Juste pour Rire (Just for Laughs)

The largest comedy festival in the world is held in Montreal every July for nearly the entire month. Featuring French-speaking comedians for the first half of the festival and English-speaking comedians for the second half of the festival, comedians from around the world give shows, show movies and engage in street performances. Amateur, professional and world-famous comedians alike appear during the festivities. Past participants include celebrities such as Jon Stewart, Jeff Foxworthy, Tim Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, John Cleese, Jason Alexander and Bill Cosby.

Because the festivities last practically all month long, you can pick and choose which parts of the festival you want to attend. You'll also be sure to fit in at least one event during any trip in the month of July, so you won't have to worry about missing out on the festivities even when your travel itinerary is hectic.

Le Festival des Films du Monde (Montreal World Film Festival)

For 12 days in late August and early September, the only competitive North American film festival with FIAPF (Paris-based International Federation of Film Producers Association) accreditation is held in Montreal. Featuring both small and large-budget films from around the world, but with few (if any) films made in Hollywood, the Montreal World Film Festival is a chance to push aside the typical Hollywood blockbuster and see what the rest of the world has to offer to advance the art of movie-making.

Awards are given to the best films, actors, actresses, directors and behind-the-scenes technicians in these films from around the world. There's even a Canadian student film competition.

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Festival international des Nuits d'Afrique

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POP Montréal international music festival

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POP Montreal International Music Festival is
an annual not-for-profit curated cultural event that
champions independence in the arts by presenting
emerging and celebrated artistic talents from
around the world.
Launched by friends and colleagues in 2002 from
the collective impulse to create a meaningful and
vibrant cultural festival, POP Montreal is now entering
its ninth year as a permanent fixture on the
Montreal festival map and the international music
circuit. Each year, the five-day festival presents
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International Festival of Film on Art

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Created in 1981 under the aegis of UNESCO’s International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication and sponsored by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, FIFA became an independent organization in 1983 with its own Board of Directors. Extending over five days, the 1st FIFA screened 50 films from 12 countries in a single theatre, the Cinémathèque québécoise. Beginning with its 21st edition in 2003, FIFA added 5 extra days to its schedule, making it a 10-day event. The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) is a non-profit organization more..

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International Festival of Film on Art

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The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) is a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion and presentation of the finest productions on art and media art. A ten-day competitive festival, it is the most important annual event of its kind in the world. FIFA has become a focal point for artis and artisans from the art and film communities, as well as for art and cinema enthusiast. THE 29TH FIFA WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 17 TO 27 MARCH 2011

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