Montreal Religious Heritage Days 2019
Montreal’s Religious Heritage Days is an event which aims to bring to the city’s epithet “Montreal, city of 100 steeples” to life. Its overall objective is to open the doors to places of worship across the city. These include churches and temples from various faiths and some structures that have undergone dramatic transformations, raising awareness about the diverse character of religious heritage and thereby encouraging cultural mediation.
This year once again, support is offered to leaders of places of worship in order to help them create and execute cultural activities for a wide audience.
The event will take place on September 6th, 7th, and 8th 2019. It is organized by the Québec Religious Heritage Council and Passerelles, a heritage cooperative, in collaboration with Tourisme Montréal. Funded through the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal, an agreement reached between the City of Montreal and the provincial government of Québec, the event joins the Ulysse Guide, Montréal, un patrimoine religieux à découvrir, in recognizing the city’s unique and diverse religious heritage.
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Montréal Church Days 2018
In the scope of a pilot project initiated by the Table de concertation de Montréal of the Québec Religious Heritage Council, the Passerelles cooperative developed a strategy to encourage the opening of Montreal’s places of worship to the wider community. Through networking, dialogue, and heritage consultation, the cooperative brought together leaders from places of worship across the province to discuss shared challenges and visions for the future.
A discussion-café was held on March 16th 2018 to determine these leaders’ primary concerns and to unite different actors looking to work together to raise awareness for religious heritage.
Following this day of exchange and a related research initiative, a Guide of Best Practices was published to provide leaders of places of worship with basic tools and strategies to open their buildings to the public. An open house event took place on September 7th, 8th, and 9th 2018. And thus the wealth of Montreal’s religious heritage and an emerging network of professionals and spiritual leaders joined forces to create an event like no other...