All these food-for-thought and conversations were developed in close relation with our partners and the context in which the Atelier took place, serving as a source of inspiration and discussions by meeting local actors, with time in the programme foreseen to discover the respective festivals and arts scene in Montreal, Canada.

Co-organisers & Hosts

Festival TransAmériques

Festival TransAmériques, or the FTA, is a festival of contemporary dance and theatre, the biggest performing arts festival in North America. The FTA is a harbinger of springtime in Montreal; it is a driving force for the promotion of contemporary theatre and dance presenting an average of 25 shows in performance venues and in outdoor public spaces over a two-week period. For Montrealers, the FTA is a celebration, a unique occasion in the year to see a profusion of dance and theatre from all over the world, works that engage a dialogue with strong and singular artistic voices. The shows also stimulate lively discussions outside the theatres with the FTA Playgrounds activities – a vibrant assembly of meetings, debates, films and workshops that extend the programming.

Founded in 1985 by Marie-Hélène Falcon and Jacques Vézina, the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques became in 2007 Festival TransAmériques, an annual event. In June 2021, the Festival welcomed a new joint artistic direction, Martine Dennewald and Jessie Mill who will present their first edition in spring 2022. Together, in their commitment to leading the organization in a spirit of dialogue as well as their coherent and daring curatorial vision, they will question Quebec’s place in relationship to the world and re-engage with artistic communities in the three Americas, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego by way of Amazonia. Their work will be shaped by inclusive, egalitarian practices for arts organizations, where mutual trust lays the ground for risk-taking and audacity.

Since 1985, the FTA counts:

  • 531 shows
  • 2 353 performances
  • 51 countries
  • 138 co-productions
  • +$1.5 M invested in co-productions
  • Nearly 970,000 festivalgoers

Every year, it brings together:

  • +40,000 spectators
  • +750 adolescents taking part in the Student Outreach program
  • +130 presenters, festival programmers, artistic consultants, dramaturgs and delegates attending the FTA, 100 of whom coming from some twenty different countries
  • +150 accredited journalists, including a dozen from abroad
  • +2,400 overnight stays in Montreal hotels
  • +35 volunteers working some 600 hours

Act for Global Change

The project entitled ‘Act for Global Change: A Global Conversation from the Arts to the World’ (ACT) has the ambitious goal to build bridges between different fields of actions, being the artistic, social, political and business world. ACT is implemented with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. 

Presenting Partner

Arts Council Korea

Two South Korean festival managers had their participation supported by the Arts Council Korea.

Arab Fund for Arts and Culture

One Arab festival maker had the opportunity to be supported by the Arts Council Korea.

Dutch Performing Arts

One Dutch festival manager had their participation supported by the Dutch Performing Arts fund.

European Festivals Association: Revealing the Alliance

Creative Europe supported a participant of the Atelier Montreal through the European Festivals Association's project "Revealing the Alliance".