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April 9, 2014 – Montréal, Quebec – Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada has provided $45,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund for the 2nd edition of the Biennale internationale d’art numérique (BIAN) and the 15th edition of the Elektra Festival. This was announced today by Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover.

This funding will be used to present programming for these two events, including exhibits, concerts, and a range of public awareness activities, especially for young people.

Quick Facts

  • The 2nd Biennale international de l’art numérique will take place from May 1 to June 19, 2014. The 15th Elektra Festival is being held from May 27 to June 1.
  • BIAN and Elektra 2014 aim to offer audiences in Montréal a wide range of artistic experiences related to new technologies, and to help featured works and artists receive local, national, and international recognition. BIAN is devoted to works of digital art, while the Elektra Festival highlights the interaction between sound and visual.
  • Artists participating in BIAN / Elektra 2014 will come from Canada and abroad, including Belgium, Korea, Denmark, Spain, France, Japan, and Portugal. Activities will be held at a number of Montréal venues, including Usine C, the Cinémathèque québécoise, the Musée d'art contemporain, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, VOX, and the PHI Centre.
  • The Association pour la création et la recherche électroacoustiques du Québec has organized the Elektra Festival every year since 1999 and BIAN since 2012.


"BIAN and Elektra offer high calibre shows and artistic experiences to lovers of digital and electronic culture. Congratulations to the organizers, who are making Montréal a hub for these arts disciplines."—
—Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

”I reiterate my gratitude for the confidence and the ongoing support that the Government of Canada shows to our activities. Its essential and renewed financial support helps in offering a variety of artistic experiences to the public."
—Alain Thibault, Artistic and Executive Director, Biennale internationale d’art numérique


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Canada Arts Presentation Fund

Biennale internationale de l’art numérique

Elektra 2014

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