Montréal, cultural metropolis: Vision
Montréal is presenting itself as a cultural metropolis of international standing that:
- seeks to fully democratize access to culture, with the support of the ideal of a knowledge-based city that asserts its identity as a major Francophone city and is committed to being a model of inclusiveness and interculturalism;
- by its support for the arts and culture, values the essential and decisive contribution of its artists, cultural institutions and businesses; and
- aspires to be recognized for the quality of its living environment, the outcome of urban planning that is sensitive to art, heritage and design.
Culture, the basis for Montréal’s brand image, will thus be able to achieve its full potential, fostering development, success and pride.
In 2017, Montréal will have the following cultural face:
Francophone and cosmopolitan
Montréal is proud of its French character. That pride is shared by newcomers to the city, who are more numerous than ever and hail from around the world, flavouring their French with the accents of their languages of origin. This feeling, however, does not ignore the past and present contribution of First Nations and the Anglophone community, or the fact that the city’s culture continues to be enriched by the contribution of all its residents who came as immigrants. The composition of the arts scene and of Montréal audiences bears witness to this mixing and cross-fertilization.
City of knowledge and culture in day-to-day life
Montréalers make much more frequent use of upgraded libraries, which exist in greater numbers and are better equipped, open at all times and on the cutting edge of technology. Libraries, cultural centres, museums and recreational centres facilitate social interaction and awareness, along with access to the arts and culture, and are in the immediate reach of residents. They are guarantors of the city’s cultural vitality throughout the urban area and serve to combat marginalization. They have a stronger presence now in the daily lives of families, schools and local communities.
Cultural metropolis for creativity
More than ever before, Montréal is part of the network of cultural metropolises because of the number, quality and originality of its creators, artists, arts groups, and cultural festivals and businesses. Creativity in Montréal is strongly characterized by intercultural, interdisciplinary and international exchanges, and by projects linking art and technology. A strategy involving government and the private sector has facilitated a notable increase in funding for the arts and culture.
City of public art, heritage and design
With its designation as aUNESCO City of Design, Montréal has put to work the public and private sectors in support of a project to enhance its living environment. It has focused on cultural development of public spaces, thereby highlighting public art and heritage. Based on their esthetic qualities and their adoption by residents, these facilities have received international attention. However, the most important impact is the creation of meeting places that promote social cohesion, where Montréal’s vitality and diversity find expression.
A cultural metropolis of international standing
In all sectors of its economic, cultural, social and environmental activity, Montréal is seen as a creative city, in constant renewal and on the cutting edge. This strong image helps to attract talent and investments. In the arts and culture, Montréal has been able to maintain the calibre of its strengths – particularly the quality of its creative work, its festivals and its built heritage – and to develop new niches, while undertaking cultural development of its districts.
Action plan – Montréal, cultural metropolis: Objective for 2017
To be a genuine cultural metropolis, Montréal must be able to count on the ongoing cooperation of all players in its development. The Rendez-vous must therefore be used to draw up an action plan, which will be a roadmap for Montréal, cultural metropolis for the next 10 years.
The action plan will be developed in accordance with three strategic approaches set out in the vision:
- democratization of access to culture
- investment in the arts and culture
- cultural quality of the living environment
as well as two additional approaches, which are also essential to implementation of the plan:
- the cultural influence of Montréal
- resources of a cultural metropolis