Who we are


Orientalys is a free Festival fully devoted to the meeting of Eastern and Western cultures, celebrating a diverse, avant‐garde and open-minded Montreal.

Every year in summer, the Old-Port moves to the beat of bold fusions and original shows crossing three continents from North Africa to China, by way of Spain, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Cambodia, India and Japan as well as many other Eastern countries! Performances, workshops, animations, exhibitions and activities for children and adults are on the program each year – all around a veritable Oriental Medina!

In this place of sharing and exchanging, festival-goers can wander around a unique spot, enjoying the benefits of argan oil and soft soap, discovering the atmosphere of gentle evenings under a nomad tent, or negotiating for a distinctive handicraft item. And booths offering fine dishes from around the world will flatter the taste buds of food-lovers.

Orientalys Festival is conceived and produced by Alchimies, Créations et Cultures.

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Established in 1993, Alchimies, Creations et Cultures is a Montreal-based non-profit organization, producer of intercultural and interdisciplinary encounters and creations. It offers a creative platform for artists from here and abroad. Its artistic vision is built around projects that challenge, question and combine different – yet antagonist – views and cultural expressions.

The Arab World Festival of Montreal (Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal or FMA) is one of the main activities of the organization. It is inspired by the richness and diversity of Arab arts and culture and reflects a great openness to other cultures. Through its three sections – Performing Arts, Culture Forum and Cinema the FMA asserts its multidisciplinary and intercultural vocation.

Learn more at: www.festivalarabe.com