As the 33rd edition of Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV) draws to a close, Productions Plateforme’s staff and board members presented highly positive results. This year more than ever, we felt new energies and the kind of vitality that we find encouraging for the future of the event.
A Year of Firsts
The 33rd FIMAV’s program included several new features, among them an opening show at Carré 150’s Les Frères Lemaire hall and an acoustic concert series at the St-Christophe d’Arthabaska Church. These new venues represented extra logistics challenges for our team, but audiences were treated to such memorable experiences that we will not hesitate to go down this path again in the next few years.
The other major new feature this year was our undoubtedly successful cinema programming. We are satisfied with our collaboration with Carré 150’s Ciné-Club for the screening of Karl Lemieux’s feature film Shambles [original title: Maudite poutine]. The same goes for the programs of experimental short films that Lemieux carefully selected for us. This project attracted a new audience and energized the other events we programmed. We intend to further develop this project to allow it to grow, improve and evolve.
We are more than satisfied with this year’s sound art installations in public spaces circuit. For the first time, we were presenting works created specifically for FIMAV – world premieres – and it proved to be the right artistic decision. And with Mother Nature on our side this year, locals came by in large numbers to see and hear our sound installations: 11,500 visitors, including 35 guided tour groups (compared to 9,300 visitors and 30 groups in 2016). Furthermore, thanks to a new grant from the City of Victoriaville, we were able to organize a new cultural mediation project that allowed residents to meet the artists on site at specific times. This initiative also proved very successful; we were even treated to an impromptu musical collaboration in the park between two of the circuit’s artists!
As for indoor concerts attendance, we calculate close to 4,000 admissions, which means that we caught up on 2016’s 10% drop.
We hope to see you at the next FIMAV, May 17-20, 2018!