Victoriaville, 31st May 2016 – Now that the 32nd edition of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV) is over, the team and the board of Productions Plateforme have stated that they are more than satisfied with the results of the event. The 18 concerts and 7 sound art installations in public spaces were well received by the public and the media. This year, it seems that people rediscovered FIMAV as a major pole for the local economy, tourism, and advancement of avant-garde arts.
A drop in attendance, but a successful return to the downtown area
The circuit of sound art installations in public spaces failed to draw as many visitors as last year, despite a strong artistic line-up. Attendance decreased by 25% (9,000 visitors instead of 12,000 in 2015), which can be explained in part by smaller numbers of local citizens in the downtown area due to the street reconstruction works on Notre-Dame Est that started on May 16. Our restaurateur partners agree with us on this. In fact, they were more able to measure the impact of FIMAV tourists on their business – in past years, these tended to blend in with the local clientele. Many local businesses rediscovered how important FIMAV is for the local economy and tourism. Despite the drop in participation to the sound installations circuit from the local population, we had about the same number of guided tour groups as last year (around 30), including two groups of new immigrants from Syria and Congo who were accompanied by Comité d’accueil international des Bois-Francs, the local international welcoming committee.
Attendance at concerts also was down, by 10% from 2015 (3,600 admissions instead of close to 4,000 last year). We believe that this drop in ticket sales is due in part to the fact that this year’s line-up included a higher percentage of Canadian and Québécois artists, which significantly reduces the “exclusive” aspect of our concert offer. Despite that factor, the public and the media unanimously lauded the quality of the artistic content of the 32nd edition, praising the performances of Canadian and Québécois acts, going as far as seeing their creativity and talent as a sign of the good health of the national scene.
Our partners and our audience were extremely pleased by our return to the downtown area after two editions at Pavillon Arthabaska. Our regulars loved Carré 150, and we are very pleased with our relationship with this new cultural centre. We intend to increase our presence in their facilities in the future.
A tribute to Gérald Fortier
Mr. Gérald Fortier, the owner of Gérald Musique, died suddenly on Saturday, May 21. The whole team of FIMAV and Productions Platefore wishes to pay tribute to our building owner, our next-door neighbour, our business partner, our great friend. Gérald’s passing sent a shock wave through the whole team midway through the festival. We are only beginning to realize that he will not be among us anymore. Our thoughts are with his family, and mostly with his wife Ghislaine Marcotte, his sons David and Martin, and his business partner Michel Comtois.