Illuminart is a new circuit fusing art, lighting and technology, unfolding through downtown Montreal. Aimed at an inquisitive audience eager to discover and explore, Illuminart assembles projects by artists, creators, engineers, set designers, graphic designers and videographers from home and abroad. Our illuminated urban space springs to life, becoming a must-see destination for creativity, inspiration and shared experience thanks to works that are at once surprising, impressive and entertaining.

In its inaugural edition, February 22 to March 11, 2017, Illuminart presents 25 works spread over 3.6 km in the Quartier des spectacles. Conceived in artistic collaboration with Lyon, the circuit specially includes 6 projects that were presented during the last edition of the Fête des Lumières.

General information

Set in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles in downtown Montreal, the Illuminart site occupies the quadrilateral area bordered by City Councillors, Ontario, Berri Streets and René-Lévesque Boulevard. By virtue of their central location amid the festivities, the Complexe Desjardins and Place des Arts are useful landmarks.

We advise visitors to use public transit. The Place-des-Arts, Saint-Laurent and Berri-UQAM metro station, located on the green line, are direct entry points to the circuit.

Festival goers are advised to begin the circuit on the corner of De Bleury and Sainte-Catherine Streets; they can also choose to walk freely among the projects without taking the circuit.

The Place des Arts esplanade (the area at the top of the stairs) can be accessed via De Maisonneuve Boulevard just east of Jeanne-Mance Street, through the path marked "chemin de la Reine". Click here for more information on the means of access for Place des Arts and Maison symphonique de Montréal.

Public transportation tips

Avoid transfers

If your departure station is along the Orange line, exit at Place-d’Armes station to reach the first project of the circuit (at the corner of De Bleury and Sainte-Catherine Streets). This way, you’ll avoid having to transfer. And if you are travelling on the Green line, you can exit at Place-des-Arts station.

Night service

In addition to extended Metro opening hours, the STM will extend the bus service during the night of March 4 to 5. Simply present a valid bus pass or ticket.

More information

Wednesday, February 22 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Thursday, February 23 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday, February 24 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, February 25 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Wednesday, March 1 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Thursday, March 2 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday, March 3 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 5:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Wednesday, March 8 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Thursday, March 9 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday, March 10 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, March 11 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

You will find an information kiosk on the Place des Festivals, at the corner of Jeanne-Mance Street and Sainte-Catherine Street. The following services will be offered:

  • Information on all festival activities
  • Daily programming updates
  • Lost & found
  • Assistance to lost ones
  • Comment and suggestion box for festival goers
  • Subscription to the free newsletter featuring exclusive offers

Weather conditions

In Quebec, winter presents a multitude of different meteorological conditions, making for a complex season. According to the experts of the Weather Network, this winter will see slightly below normal seasonal temperatures and a lot of precipitation. Winter is also expected to last until March, covering the whole MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival. The Weather Network’s website provides weather forecasts and all the tools you need to stay informed.

Rain or shine

According to the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE policy, an outdoor show will not be cancelled due to rain or snow. Some outdoor activities may be delayed as a result of inclement weather. If an event should be delayed, it will resume as soon as conditions allow and end at the time specified on the schedule. For more info, please call the Info-Lumière La Presse+ hotline or check the festival website. For up-to-the-minute weather details, please check the Weather Network website.

Submit a project

As part of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and Illuminart, we invite you to submit your project, work, interactive, illuminated or technological installation, or your design concept.

Bill of specifications Submit a project

Points of consideration:

  • The submitted project must be suitable for outdoor installation and take into consideration Montreal winter weather conditions.
  • Simplicity: playful, simple and brief
  • Innovative without being meaningless
  • Arouses emotion, touching
  • Interactive, participative and engaging
  • Luminous, warm welcoming

Contact us

400 De Maisonneuve Blvd West, 8th floor
Montréal (Québec)
H3A 1L4

Telephone: 514 288-9955 // Fax: 514 525-8033


Press release

Thanks to our partners
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE Only Lyon Solotech Montréal en Histoires Tourisme Montréal QUÉBEC MONTRÉAL