Mission and History

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Through each edition of the festival, our mission is to promote the best of international and national contemporary theatrical creation and be Quebec City’s big celebration of theatre.

Being both a festival and a producer, the Carrefour international de théâtre is a meeting point for artists, arts professionals and the public. We work in close collaboration with the theatre community by being a complement and a partner in making theatre and creation thrive.

Focussed on theatre, the Carrefour’s choices are surfing the flow of today’s trends in contemporary theatre. Its program can be distinguished by the quality, eclecticism and diversity of the experiences offered to the public. The aesthetics and the subjects, where circus, dance and art often interact, and the great diversity of locations where the plays are presented are other prominent qualities of the Carrefour.



The idea of a carrefour, a crossroads, comes to life within the idea of meeting and opening to the other. The Carrefour encourages a dialog between art and society and offers to the public occasions to discover, exchange and express. At the Carrefour, we challenge ourselves to use the festival as a way to multiply direct contacts between citizens, arts and artists and to welcome those who don’t necessarily have an easy access to arts and culture.


Anchored in Quebec city since 1991, the festival was founded as a non-profit organisation and began as a biennial. From 1997 to 2007 the biennial is produced on even years, alternating with Théâtres d’Ailleurs. It’s in 2009 that the Carrefour officially becomes annual. In the context of the events produced between 1992 and 2019, 431 shows and 1241 representations of these shows have been proposed by 205 companies from more than 20 countries.

Read the 2019-2020 annual report of the Carrefour international de théâtre.

Read the 2022-2023 annual report of the Carrefour international de théâtre.

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