Divers/Cité is an event whose mission is to present an arts and music festival that illustrates and celebrates the value of diversity in a spirit of sharing, solidarity and openness with the world. Twenty years of constant growth and expansion have established Divers/Cité as an internationally recognized festival.
Most of the programming is outdoor! Our programming also follows set themes that cover a wide range of artistic tendencies that address widely varying audiences. The event proudly showcases modern dance, blues, jazz, pop, Latin, rock, world, funk, ambient, techno and electronic concerts, drag queen performances and an outdoor cinema. The twentieth edition, from July 30 to August 5, 2012, will offer more than 7 days of amazing and memorable performances.
Please help us reduce our carbon footprint by following the recycling instructions on the festival site.
This 20th edition is dedicated to Caroline Gamache, who passed away last spring. Montreal’s cultural community will dearly miss her and remember her passion for the city. Her dedication as a cultural development agent at the Bureau des Festival has greatly contributed to Divers/Cité’s growing success. For this, we are and always will be grateful.
Brief history of Célébrations de la fierté LGBT de Montréal
Divers/Cité organized the first Montréal LGBT pride celebrations in 1993. From that point and until 2006, Divers/Cité was comprised of three parts: the pride parade, the community fair and the arts and music festival. Following welcomed and increasingly positively views towards LGBT peoples and communities within contemporary society and after analyzing on-site client research, Divers/Cité’s organizing committee moved forward with a vision to create two distinct public LGBT events in Montréal: one event concentrated on community development and the other, a full-fledged arts and music festival. Divers/Cité is very proud to have produced Célébrations de la fierté LGBT de Montréal for 14 years and as such contributed to the evolution and strength of the LGBT movement.
Divers/Cité's growth in size and importance over the past few years is unparalleled in Quebec and Canada. The event is now officially recognized by both government and industry.
2000: Ulysses Grand Tourism Award. Category: Montreal tourist event, budget below 1 million dollars
2001: Ulysses Grand Tourism Award. Category: Montreal tourist event, budget below 1 million dollars
2001: Tourism Quebec. Bronze Award for event with a budget below 1 million dollars
Graphic design and visual concept :
Union Créative Web design and maintenance :
David Simard, ektoplasme communications Photographs : Aydin Matlabi, David Romero, Jocelyn Michel, Marik Boudreau
2012: July 30 to August 4
2013: July 29 to August 4
2014: July 28 to August 3
WHAT THEY SAID...
" Montreal is consistently enthusiastic, cutting-edge an engaging - and the eye candy is undeniably sweet! During Divers/Cité, there is added to that mix thousands of the most up-for-it revelers from across the globe, and a genuine reason to celebrate.
The result: a party and cultural event that is outrageously fun, bursting with diverse flavours, and as I like to describe it, a 'mayhem of the highest order " Deko-Ze
" Mascara, la nuit des drags, without a doubt [ is ] the biggest, zaniest drag show in the world with over 80 costumed artists. " Q Northeast Magazine
" I have attended parties all over the US and Canada. But I have never in my life seen anything like La Grande Danse. Divers/Cité is proof that the Gay community is much bigger than just the sum of it's oppression." Mickey Weems, EDGE, New York