The Québec City Biennial, the must-see arts exhibit about Canada’s winter

Featured Events, February 19, 2024 2024-02-19

A man and a woman looking at a mural
The Biennial is the perfect opportunity to explore Québec City through an artistic perspective. Photo credit: Renaud Philippe

From February 23 to April 28, 2024, the 11th edition of Manif d’art – The Québec City Biennial will take place. This one-of-a-kind event in North America shines the spotlight on the work of about 100 local, national and international artists who are active in today’s art world.

For this year’s edition, the Biennial will explore The Strength of Sleep, a theme drawing inspiration from Canada’s winter and the sleeping state of the Earth to explore the multiple nuances of human awakening. Get ready for a colourful journey that goes beyond borders and examines the connections between cultures, while celebrating the rich art scene of Quebec and Canada.

Explore Quebec through the arts

For nine weeks, art takes Québec City by storm! Some forty venues across the region will be hosting: two central exhibition locations, 15 gallery exhibitions and 12 public artworks, not to mention about 30 family workshops, an extensive cinematic program and several creative residencies. With so much going on in the arts, it’s a great opportunity to explore Québec City through an artistic perspective!

Follow the interactive map and let yourself be amazed by the city’s public artworks and gallery exhibitions, which promise countless discoveries. As you explore, you’ll experience a fascinating and authentic immersion in the heart of Québec City, where history and creativity go hand in hand.

If you’d prefer to follow a pre-planned route to immerse yourself in the art scene of a particular neighbourhood, take one of the 1-to-3-km recommended walking paths linking a range of galleries, cultural institutions and outdoor venues. And with places like Saint-Roch, Vieux-Lévis, Sainte-Foy and Old Québec to visit, you can be sure the landmarks and landscapes will be as beautiful to behold as the artworks themselves!

Countless activities to celebrate the arts

To add to the experience, don’t miss the weekly lectures held within the central exhibition. These promise to inspire some of the most captivating philosophical reflections! Are you a fan of the seventh art? Head to Cinéma Beaumont for a series of film screenings that explore the main theme in sound and image.

And if you’re looking for something to do with the whole family, the Biennial offers a variety of creative workshops on weekends (and during spring break) to introduce children to various art forms.

Young girl participating in an art workshop
There’s something for every member of the family! Photo credit: Grégoire Defrance

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