A board comprised of different actors in the cultural environment of Montreal nightlife has seen the light of day on Tuesday.
The non-profit organization MTL 24/24 is behind the creation of this Council of night.
“This is the culmination of two years of work and reflection on the best way to organize politically the cultural milieu of the night. We are excited to launch ourselves into this adventure with twelve qualified members and connected to the needs of the community,” said Mathieu Grondin, director-general of the organization.
Representatives of clubs, of theatres and festivals, such as the co-founder of the one harmed, Plaza, Malick Toure, the coordinator of the programming in the Quartier des spectacles, Mokrane Ouzane and the creative consultant and DJ Christian Pronovost, comprise, among other things, new governance body.
“The Council of night of the MTL 24/24 is a tool to fight the stigma of night time activities by the public authorities and to ensure the development of its culture. With the cessation of cultural activities because of the COVID-19, his contribution will be all the more essential,” stressed Vincent Lemieux, programmer at festival MUTEK, which will also be a member of the board.
“This type of governance initiative night, we saw popping up all around the world for the past 20 years. Montreal is finally in step with other cities in establishing an infrastructure to administer and develop the nightlife,” she said Monique Savoie, founder of the Société des arts technologiques (SAT).
Members of various organizations and institutions include the Council of night. There are, among others, Julie-Soleil Meeson, head of the Association des intervenants en dépendance du Québec, Patrick White, professor in the School of journalism from UQAM and Jhessica Reia, a researcher at the Centre for interdisciplinary studies in montreal.
“I am very proud to have been selected to work on the Board. I hope to be able to put my experience in citizen participation for the benefit of the nightlife of Montreal,” said Sami Ghzala, project manager at the Institute of the New World.