LES POSTES DU FUTUR Starts Now
Brand new creation from collective Comptoir public, Les Postes du future is part of Neighbourhoods come alive for the 375th, a signature event from the Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary. This interdisciplinary project brings together live performance, visual arts and site design to create an interactive event driven by a reflection on identity and social issues in urban areas.
"Sharing your vision of the Montreal of tomorrow and dreaming of the future of our city is a bold idea!" Said Mr. Alain Gignac, General Manager of The Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary. Thanks to the postal workers of the future, Montrealers will mark the 375th anniversary of Montreal and will leave a collective trace over time, thanks to their messages that will be delivered in time for the 400th anniversary. For now, let's live today and celebrate Montreal! To be continued in 25 years..."
"Neighbourhoods come alive for the 375th invites us to explore the 19 boroughs of the city by creating links between neighbourhoods, also by creating bridges between all Montrealers and between eras. These 19 events are a great occasion for Montreal and a remarkable opportunity to focus on what makes us unique: our openness and our festive spirit. Celebrate Montréal today and tomorrow", said the Mayor of Montreal, Mr. Denis Coderre.
"The Government of Quebec is pleased to support initiatives such as these, which are both creative and poetic. Les postes du futur is an opportunity for citizens to foster intergenerational exchanges", said the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region, MR. Martin Coiteux.
"I invite Montrealers, as well as all Canadians, to participate in the many activities that will take place in Montreal during the 375th anniversary celebrations. This historic moment coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Confederation; Let's take this opportunity to gather and celebrate together two anniversaries that will make 2017 a memorable year", said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Inside a futuristic postal truck parked every weekend in one of Montreal's 19 boroughs park, postmen and postwomen - dressed by internationally renowned designer Rad Hourani - will be on site to give a hand and collect participant's postcards. The public is therefore invited to imagine the future of their city and to write down their aspirations for a relative or a public institution. These cards, created by thirty-eight artists from Montreal, will be preserved for 25 years in the vaults of Pointe-à-Callière Museum and redistributed in 2042 according to their addresses.
Comptoir public is an interdisciplinary art collective that combines performance and installation design. Based on playful and unique experiences, our counter symbolizes a place of exchange where we wish to encourage unexpected urban encounters that will mark the imagination of audiences here and abroad.
About the Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary
The Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the celebrations and socioeconomic contributions that will mark Montréal's 375th anniversary in 2017. With a focus on promoting Montréal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for local forces in carrying out its mandate: to mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, rigorously manage public funds, develop quality programming and ensure the visibility of the celebrations.
The Society benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal, the Québec government, the Canada government and private funding from 12 Great Montrealers. For more information, see http://www.375mtl.com.