A FREE underground art festival is coming to Montreal on March 2

Feb 22 2019, 5:35 am

An underground art festival will bury itself below the ground of Montreal next month.

But not “underground” like a resistance group versus an existing regime — actually underground: below the surface.

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The 11th edition of Art Souterrain returns to the city for three weeks in March. Exhibitions by local and international artists and mediation activities will be available to be discovered along a six-kilometre underground route.

Free and open to all, “the festival is a major Montreal winter event that brightens the daily lives of many thousands of residents and visitors alike,” reads the Art Souterrain website.


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This year’s theme challenges art-goers and passersby to consider the notion of “True or False.”

“As our society and behaviours become digitized, access to information has never been easier to obtain, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to discern true from false.” reads Art Souterrain. “Do artists have to tell the ‘truth’? ‘Truth’ is both universal and subjective. It comes from what is natural, what we all recognize as authentic, and what we personally feel and perceive. ‘False’ refers to anything that transgresses what is real.”

Art Souterrain

Each installation will be set in a different underground tunnel in Montreal. Art Souterrain will take over several kilometres of underground space, as well as eight satellite spaces in the city.

Plus, every exhibition is free to attend.

Art Souterrain

When: March 2 to 24
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations around the city, visit the website for specific details
Price: Free admission

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