50 years already and still young


On September 21st, 1963, the Grande Salle, known today as Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, opened to the public.

Place des Arts was born! Even John F. Kennedy noted this historic moment in a letter published in the magazine Musical America. According to the famed president, the arts improve quality of life.

Fifty years later, the six halls of Place des Arts, along with its neighbour, the Musée d’art contemporain, comprise the largest cultural complex in Canada. Every year, around a million people flock to Place des Arts to see performances by its resident companies, the Opéra de Montréal, Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and Compagnie Jean Duceppe, among others.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Place des Arts offered a packed schedule: the 35th annual ADISQ gala, a competition and exhibitions, countless performances and even a symposium, organized in collaboration with UQAM, to examine how Place des Arts has influenced both urban planning and cultural development.