So Much Creativity in Quebec!
At the end of last week, I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Montreal, where I talked with dozens of leaders from the Quebec creative community about how they can get more involved with SXSW 2020.
The centerpiece of this short trip was a presentation on Friday morning, June 28. After I spoke, four leaders from the local innovation / technology scene (Amahl Hazelton of Moment Factory, Kristen King of Stradigi AI, and Diane Quinn of the Cirque Du Soleil Entertainment Group) covered some of their positive experiences at SXSW 2019. Ana Marinescu from URBANA Marketing served as moderator of this panel.
While the speakers were very compelling, the real star of the June 28 session was the new PY1 Pyramid venue in the Old Port section of the city. Imagined by Cirque Du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, this space normally hosts multimedia shows and vibrant thematic evening events. As pictured above, this PY1 Pyramid also adds a special kind of energy to the standard 16:9 presentation deck. Yes, that’s me with the microphone standing in front of the DJ booth (and dwarfed by the photo of Michele Obama from SXSW 2016).
Montreal’s brand of creativity seems like a great match for what comes together in Austin each March, witness the win by Moment Factory at the 2018 Interactive Innovation Awards. I look forward to enjoying even more such collaborations next spring!
Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW, the world’s most unique gathering of creative professionals. He also tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often cover tech-related trends; other times they focus on books, pop culture, sports and other current events.