Cancelled in 2020
- Total access for persons with disabilities
The BBCM Foundation’s vibrant and exciting Carnaval des couleurs celebrates and unites the multi-ethnic and LGBTQ+ communities of Montréal. The arts, dance and music festival presents free family-friendly entertainment over three days and evenings on two stages in La Grande-Place du Complexe Desjardins in the heart of the city’s downtown Quartier des spectacles.
Carnaval des couleurs presents renowned Québec-based artists – entertainers, singers, dancers and others – as well as hosts a conference whose goal is to build bridges between Montréal’s ethnic and LGBTQ+ communities in order to combat racism, homophobia and transphobia. There is also a “Community Zone” for LGBTQ+ and multi-ethnic groups to present their missions and services, reflecting the festival’s “Inclusive and authentic” motto.
While the Carnaval des couleurs promotes the democratic values of respect and social coexistence, the festival also knows how to let the good times roll, with entertainers on two stages and a lounge area with bar service for all adult participants.
Previous editions' lineup featured Cirque Kalabanté and dancer Narcissé, Kizaba and his Congolese group, Marc-André Valade and Yannie, family-oriented Disney-style performances with princesses and drag queens, Brazilian dancers, and legendary Montréal drag queen Michel Dorion impersonating Céline Dion. The main-stage conference is free and open to all, and hosts a variety of experts interacting with the public.
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