Ideas for going out without spending a dime

Dance, music, literature, cinema, visual arts… Montreal has something for everyone and for every budget. Here are eight suggestions for free cultural getaways, in the heart of the metropolis, to go out without emptying your pockets.

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Laila Maalouf

Laila Maalouf
The Press

Outdoor dance performances

The Quartiers Danses festival is back in force for its 20and edition with unites a series of 30 outdoor shows — and completely free —, in addition to its indoor programming. From September 7 to 18, choreographies and performances are performed in various emblematic places in the city (Gardins Gamelin, Place des Festivals, Parc du Bassin-à-Gravier in Griffintown, Avenue Bernard in Outremont, etc.) with local artists. and by the way.

Rhythms of the open world


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Bollywood evening at L’Art en soi in 2021

From September 15 to 24, the L’Art en soi festival offers six free dance evenings, with musicians Direct. The outdoor Esplanade of Place des Arts is transformed into a large open-air dance floor, with Philippe Fehmiu in charge, while dancers and DJs will introduce you to samba, Guinean dance or the rhythms of Bollywood , among many others.

Meetings and literary exchanges


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Sophie Welcome

As part of the next International Literature Festival (FIL), the Diversity Space is organizing a series of 50 free Literary Lunches at the Quartier des Spectacles, in the Grand Salon of the Esplanade Tranquille pavilion. Every day, from Monday September 26 to Friday September 30, at dinner time, authors, including Jean-Paul Eid, Louise Dupré and Sophie Bienvenu, will dialogue around the imagination, love or ecological crisis.

Make way for emerging artists


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Three films from the diaspora will be screened for free at Cinéma Moderne as part of Pop Montréal.

The Pop Montreal festival is a must with its low-cost shows and numerous free events in the Mile-End sector, from September 28 to October 2. Among the free admission activities, an evening conference at the Rialto which highlights French and English publishing houses in Montreal, the opening of the exhibition Remote – from inside or the screening of three films on the diaspora at the Cinéma Moderne.

Cinema at the Grande Bibliothèque


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The Great Library

Every Friday evening, it’s movie night at the Grande Bibliothèque. Films of all genres are free projects as part of the Big Views series. One Sunday afternoon per month is also P’tites Vues time with the screening of children’s films. Please note that we cannot reserve (first come, first served). We also don’t want to miss the lectures in the series paper memoryin particular on the theater of Molière in Quebec, the 1uh November (free with reservation).

Nordic culture in the spotlight


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The Icelandic writer Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir will be at the FIKA(S) festival.

The Immersive Festival of Scandinavian and Nordic Culture and Art — FIKA(S) — is back in Montreal after a three-year absence. From October 17 to 23, the multidisciplinary event offers several activities where the cost of entry is voluntary (from $5 or $10) – such as the discussion with the Icelandic writer Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir at the Gallimard bookstore, boulevard Saint -Laurent , or the concert of traditional Swedish music, followed by a workshop, at the Center de création Le Vertige at Place des Arts.

An exhibition by Michel Tremblay


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Michael Tremblay

Until October 9, the home culture of Plateau-Mont-Royal invites us to discover the watercolors of writer Michel Tremblay for free. The exhibition Michel Tremblay – The painter of solidarity Defendant 38 of his works painted during his stays in Key West, which he donated to the non-profit organization Lesbian Solidarity Center. An ideal opportunity to discover this native of the Plateau differently.

When I want to meet the circus


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The artist Onira Lussier

TOHU regularly offers free activities of all kinds. From September 7 to October 16, the collection takes place at Espace Cascades the exhibition contortions, which was conceived this summer as part of a three-month residency at its premises. Artist Onira Lussier draws inspiration from his forays from circus rehearsal studios and concert halls to create designs that pay homage to the circus arts.

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