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Meet a Montrealer: Christiane Richard

Aires Libres is an annual public art event that unfolds from May to September on the pedestrian-only section of Sainte-Catherine Street East between Saint-Hubert and Papineau Streets. For the second consecutive year, a program of films focused on women will be screened this summer at Parc de l’Espoir (Hope Park). Job: Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and Membership Coordinator, Le Village Why did you decide to include outdoor movie nights in the Aires Libres program? The idea behind Aires Libres—bringing culture to street level—is for pedestrians take hold of the public space and collectively enjoy all sorts of experiences through art and entertainment. Outdoor screenings are rooted in this idea since people head to the park in droves to enjoy all that cinema has to offer. As soon as the screening begins, they embark upon a journey of emotions that they can share with the crowd. Why a program focused on women? Most gay neighbourhoods worldwide address men exclusively. Montréal’s Gay Village has always seen the value in the diversity of the LGBTQ community—with all its letters—and invites women to occupy their own place in the neighbourhood. Also, the partnership with Lez Spread The Word, which connects an impressive… / Read More →


Every summer, the Gay Village is blessed from May 17 until September 3 with Aires Libres, the car-free, pedestrian-only, patio-filled stretch of Saint-Catherine street. The 2012 Aires Libres carries over “Les Boules Roses” from last year.