The Festival


The Ancient Future Festival is the latest creation of EPISODE agency, which is also behind Bacchanale and Boombox projects. Emerging from a desire to create something new on the scene, Ancient Future is a multidisciplinary festival combining musical disciplines, visual arts, and circus arts. The festival is meant to be a way of assessing tomorrow’s society through the creation of a utopian space, on the border between the values of the past and our future desires. It is an eco-responsible festival, open to all and held at the Quai de l’Horloge, in the Old Port of Montreal.

Pleasant discoveries!




With the bubbling of downtown on one side and the flow of the St. Lawrence on the other, Quai de l’Horloge seems to have fallen asleep at the rate of the frenzied ticking of the metropolis. But the needle suddenly stops. Montreal trembles. The music rumbles. A pyramid emerges between the trees and a utopian city appears.

Guided by a mysterious character, a parade begins. Thousands of urban souls, attracted by the sounds that escape the pyramid, converging on the riverbanks to celebrate a collective and timeless escape. Ancient Future is a paradox between nature and a setting where past and future confront each other. Landmarks thus deconstructed, participants will engage in a hedonistic experience tinted with electronic music, visual arts, and extravagant performances.

Will you be part of the trip?


The festival will present a creative and cross-disciplinary program of artists. For the regulars of previous years, there is no doubt this is a trademark of the festival. You will be immersed in the Ancient Future universe thanks to the vibrant performances and discoveries of circus acts, digital arts, visual arts, performing arts and dance. They will create the boundaries of a universe of collective escape and lay the foundation for the sensory and auditory experience of the festival.

Stay tuned.




Ancient Future is a festival conscious of minimizing its impact on the environment. This is why an eco-responsible system is put in place from the conception to the dismantling of the festival. In order to limit our carbon footprint, all of our suppliers are from Quebec and have been chosen to limit travel-related shipments. Additionally, we strongly encourage festival-goers to use public transportation instead of cars — especially in the Old Port, it’s cheaper and it’s greener! In order to limit waste, some of the furniture from previous editions will also be reused for this new edition. Selective sorting bins (composting, recycling, waste) will be present on the entire site, as well as reusable eco-cups with a refundable deposit will be distributed at the purchase of each beverage. Finally, the Ancient Future festival draws all its energy sources from a 100% hydroelectric production (no generators are allowed on the site).

Just like us, be aware of the imprint you leave … “LEAVE NO TRACE!”