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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this year's World Press Photo exhibit is speaking volumes. From August 31 to October 2, the event at Marché Bonsecours in Old Montreal will display some of the most remarkable moments captured on camera.

The showcase is returning after a two-year pandemic hiatus with photos that will move, educate and inspire visitors.

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Tucked in a corner of the Quartier des Spectacles, Place de la Paix will soon see a sprawling, interactive installation centred around dance performances that promise to take up “every inch” of the intimate square.

The installation will include an immersive, walkable treescape made of clothing, and visitors are encouraged to walk through and around the art, interacting by using their senses to bring the hanging gardens to life.

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Funny how time flies when you're having fun. It's almost mid-August, and it seems like the highlights of this festival season are already behind us. Plus, the Quebec winter forecast is not looking good, hanging over our heads like the sword of Damocles.

Luckily, Montrealers still have a bit of time to make the most of the sunny days. Here's a list of things to do this weekend, from fun festivals including Lasso all the way to classical music and yoga, this weekend will be one for the books.

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Otakuthon is over and Matsuri Festival is just around the corner, but you can keep celebrating your love for Japanese pop culture year-round at a number of Montreal shops.

If one of Japan's most popular exports — the Studio Ghibli animated films — give you the warm and fuzzies, or you're looking for the perfect gift to get a fellow Ghibli lover, then you'll want to check these places out:

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Montreal's Botanical Garden will light up with lantern glow from September 2 to October 31. This year's theme is "An Ode to the Moon," which was seen in part last year but will have a new twist in the Chinese Garden.

For the festival's 30th anniversary, hundreds of lanterns will tell the legend of Pangu, a giant who created the world according to Chinese mythology. Keep an eye out for representations of mythical animals, like the azure dragon, vermilion bird, black tortoise and white tiger. An accompanying multimedia aquatic show on the Lac du Rêve will show off the lights like never before.

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The Esplanade Tranquille in Montreal's Quartier des Spectacles will host four free outdoor movie screenings between September 1 and 4. The event is a prelude to the Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal (FNC).

From 6 p.m. to 11p.m., you'll be able to relax on one of the many deckchairs installed for the occasion, get restaurant service and sip on a drink bought at the on-site "themed" bar (though exactly which "theme" is still under wraps).

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Tonight, Wednesday, August 10, 40 minutes before sunset, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) will be performing a free concert at the Esplanade of the Olympic Park. The show will highlight the talents of Rafael Payare, the OSM’s music director and a renowned Venezuelan conductor, who will be at the helm this evening.

Called "The Many Colours of the Americas," this end-of-summer concert shows off the broad scope of beautiful music from North to South America, including a performance by Indigenous musicians who remain unnamed in this evening's program.

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The 32nd edition of the Festival international Présence autochtone de Montréal starts Tuesday, August 9, and will continue until Thursday, August 18. You can expect lots of free shows in the Quartier des Spectacles, including concerts, exhibitions and theatrical performances, as well as an Indigenous film festival at the Cinéma du Musée.

Présence autochtone "is the contemporary resurgence of the oldest cultures on our territory," festival Artistic Director André Dudemaine told MTL Blog. "It's an opportunity for Montrealers, Quebecers and tourists to connect with the spirit of this place, and further their knowledge about [...] the ancestral cultures that developed here."

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Downtown Montreal will soon get six new interactive attractions for you to discover over the next year, starting this fall.

The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal (CCMM) has unveiled the second phase of its "J’aime travailler au centre-ville" project, which is behind popular installations like the nrml bskt multimedia basketball court and ARcade augmented reality games.

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Orientalys, the festival of Arab, Central, South and East Asian cultures, is set to take over the Quai de l'Horloge in the Montreal Old Port for its 12th edition, from August 18 to 21.

More than 16 countries will be represented through their music and their gastronomy. Ghiwa Nakhlé, director of the festival, describes this in-person edition as a "rebirth" following heavy restrictions due to the pandemic.

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On August 13, the Montreal Old Port's Holi festival will be back for its third edition, so Montrealers can add some colour to their lives... and their clothes!

Run by the organization Festival of India, which counts among its sponsors the High Commission of India in Canada, our local Holi is inspired by the well-known Hindu tradition usually celebrated in March. The colour-throwing festival — where participants throw pigmented water or powder at each other — welcomes the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil.

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From August 26 to 28, the Sudbest festival is back with a special edition featuring 30 merchants and a "culinary fair" in Montreal's Sud-Ouest borough. This time around, the event organizers thought big, as the upcoming market will take place at three different sites: the Atwater Market, Parc Sir-George-Etienne-Cartier and the Lien Nord site next to the Lachine Canal.

You can attend for free and easily navigate between the three locations by foot, by cycling along the canal, or by hopping on one of the "tuk-tuk" shuttles available for visitors throughout the weekend.

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