“STARDUST is the thematic representation of the message we want to convey throughout our 2016 programming. Make stardust fall upon our great community so it will shine in all its glory by a bright harvest moon,” says Robert J. Vézina.
(Montreal, July 25, 2016) The 26th edition of the Black & Blue Festival will be presented October 5 to 11 under the STARDUST theme. This year, festivalgoers will celebrate under stardust by the bright light of the harvest moon.
The founding president of the BBCM Foundation, Robert J. Vézina, has organized the festival for 26 years to support organizations providing direct assistance to people with HIV/AIDS. He reminds us that the main purpose of the Festival remains the foundation of the entire organization. The BBCM Foundation has already awarded more than $1.5 million in donations and contributions like free tickets for community organizations, products and services to the community, health promotion, etc.
Black & Blue is also a tourism-related event. Since its conception, hundreds of thousands of tourists have converged in Montreal during the Thanksgiving weekend and produced millions of dollars in economic benefits. Tourism Quebec and Tourism Montreal, two organizations that perceived the importance of the Festival and its evolution through the years, also fund it.
STARDUST: A brilliant event!
From October 5 to 11, Montreal will move to the beat of the Black & Blue Festival. The main event will be held overnight in the spectacular Pierre-Charbonneau Amphitheater (located in the Olympic Park at 3000 Viau) Sunday, October 9th from 10 pm to 10 am the following morning. “STARDUST is the thematic representation of the message we want to convey throughout our 2016 programming. Make stardust fall upon our great community so it will shine in all its glory by a bright harvest moon,” says Robert J. Vézina.
Creators, artisans, and various sound and light technicians will rock the scene with intoxicating music from the best local and international DJ’s invited to animate the place for twelve hours. Yanick Daigle, artistic director for the main event, will later reveal the elements of his creation. Last year, participants were amazed by the originality and quality of his tableaux.
In 2016, two venues will be offered: the main room in the game area and a “chill room” that will provide a relaxing atmosphere together with various stands displaying products or services related to the LGBT community among other things! Shows will be presented all night, in a soundscape with cutting edge lighting technology, in a unique and totally festive ambiance.
As for musical programming, DJs among the most popular on the local, national and international scenes will be presented at the Festival’s main event and at other themed evenings. The list of DJs will be announced mid-August.
Some key events during the seven-day festival:
- Launching Cocktail (Wednesday, October 5)
- Presidents’ Cocktail (Thursday, October 6)
- Blue Moon Leather Ball (Friday, October 7)
- Twinkle Party (Saturday, October 8), a 2016 novelty for the younger crowd
- The Big Dipper, Bears & Friends Party (Saturday, October 8)
- STARDUST, Black & Blue Main Event (Sunday, October 9)
- Recovery Party (Monday, October 10)
- Festival Closing Party (Tuesday, October 11)
Several other activities will be offered at various locations in the Village and elsewhere on the fringes of the Festival. Detailed programming will be made public later this summer.
Information, Tickets and VIP Passes
Tickets and Black & Blue VIP passes are already on sale. Information available on the BBCM web site: www.bbcm.org/tickets
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