Some key dates


A large-scale arts and culture awareness and democratization project is developed and submitted by the leaders of cultural communities as part of the Social Economy Workshop at the Summit on the Economy and Employment.

A few months later, government funding commitments are announced, and shortly thereafter, representatives of private-sector firms and the cultural community prepare the first edition of the Journées de la culture.


In June, Quebec’s National Assembly unanimously adopts a motion proclaiming the last Friday in September and the following two days each year to be the Journées nationales de la culture.

26, 27 et 28 septembre 1997

The first edition of the Journées de la culture is held, and the theme is Ça manquait à notre culture (there is something missing in our culture). Actor Marcel Sabourin is the spokesperson for the Journées de la culture.

Avril 1999

The first La Rencontre international forum, organized by the Secrétariat des Journées de la culture (culture days secretariat), is a discussion about the issues surrounding the democratization of culture in Quebec.


For the fourth edition of the Journées de la culture, television broadcasters Radio-Canada, Télé-Québec, TQS, TVA and TV5 broadcast a special show, Culture en direct, simultaneously. The show, put together by Dominic Champagne, Louise Latraverse and Louise Sicuro and produced by Guy Latraverse, is watched by 1.2 million people.


The Parcours interculturel is held during the Journées de la culture to highlight the work of professional artists in the ethnocultural and Aboriginal communities.


For the 10th anniversary of the Journées de la culture, Les Convertibles, a visual arts cultural mediation event, is produced.

The Secrétariat des Journées de la culture changes its corporate name to Culture pour tous.


The slogan for the promotional campaign for the 12th edition of the Journées de la culture is Soyez partisan de culture (be a culture supporter).

To coincide with the federal election campaign that year, the is launched. Nearly 7,000 people sign on.


The Culture à volonté (unlimited culture) campaign designed by the Bos agency is ranked amount the best on the Infopresse ratings chart.

The Je m'affiche pour la culture! photographic happening is set up on the Place des Festivals.


More than 2,500 activities are put on by 3,139 event partners.

The Je m’affiche pour la culture! caravan goes on tour in about 20 municipalities.


Metro Arts project: About 50 artists put on 36 hours of activities in four metro stations and attract more than 10,000 passers-by.

The Je m'affiche pour la culture! caravan travels more than 13,000 km, makes stops at 11 festivals and events, and attracts 62,800 people.


Quebec employees of Bell Canada get involved in their first collaborative project with Culture pour tous and participate in the creation of a group artwork that is unveiled during the Journées de la culture. This collaborative project continued in 2014 and 2015.


In the future, an artistic domain will be selected each year to serve as the common theme of the program. The first artistic domain selected is cinema.

Since 2007, municipalities have been invited to join the municipal proclamation movement. To date, 536 municipalities have adopted resolutions proclaiming that the Journées de la culture will be held on the last Friday of September and on the two following days.