Luminothérapie 2017-2018: Montreal Light Therapy

Luminothérapie Lights Up Montreal's Darkest Days

The Luminothérapie 2017-2018 proposes light shows with seesaws.
••• Image courtesy of Quartier des Spectacles

In its 8th year of operation come December 2017, Luminothérapie is one of Montreal's more adorable holiday activities. And as per tradition, it's an activity completely free of charge held in Place des Festivals which merges light and movement. The theme in 2017-2018 is seesaws.

Luminothérapie runs November 30, 2017 through January 28, 2018 from noon to 10 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays and from noon to 11 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

What Is Luminothérapie?

Illuminating Place des Festivals every December and January with a light installation, Luminothérapie is an antidote to Montreal's shortest and darkest days on the year, a kind of a sort of light therapy against the winter blues, if you will.

Every year proposes a different take on the concept. In 2014, Luminothérapie featured Prismatic, giant light prisms made of clear panels with reflective filters evoking both prisms and shards of glass or ice.

The 2016-2017 edition proposed LOOP, a series of zoetropes, animation toys that pre-dated cinema, first seen in 1834. But the ones donning Place des Festivals were larger than life and fashioned into what looked like hamster wheels, hollow, round contraptions that required two seated people to activate the zoetropes' sounds and animations using a simple push-pull movement in tandem with all four limbs. 

And the 2017-2018 proposes a flashback to 2015, when it was Impulse, an installation featuring seesaws. Much like the musical swings which have donned the square in recent years come springtime eliciting raves from, of all people, Oprah Winfrey, Luminothérapie's seesaws not only feature light, but also created sound on impact, fitted with LED lights and speakers activated when people sit down and use them.

Luminothérapie: In The Area

Held in the heart of Montreal's entertainment district, across the street is Complexe Desjardins' Christmas programming. Neighboring Place des Arts features a variety of performance arts as well as an outdoor Christmas market in December and exhibits at Montreal's contemporary art museum are accessible during regular hours. In 2017-2018, the main exhibit highlights the life and works of iconic Montreal poet-singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.

Luminothérapie 2017-2018: Hours of Operation

Luminothérapie runs November 30, 2017 through January 28, 2018 from noon to 10 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays and from noon to 11 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Admission to Luminothérapie is always free.

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