The LAC’s goal is to promote the visual arts, music, the performing arts and various artistic initiatives, focusing on quality, with the aim of involving and educating as vast and international audience as possible.
“The LAC is positioned to become an arts venue open to all and also with an international dimension. The Arts Centre will provide a single space for artistic creation, hosting the visual and performing arts as well as music; enabling fruitful interaction and which will attract a wide-ranging, diverse audience, both local and international. The LAC will offer high quality programming and will provide a home for those working in the arts in Ticino, as well as enabling cooperation with international artists. The LAC will be open to a diverse public; the Arts Centre will be dynamic and appeal to a wide range of audiences through exhibitions and performances, but also thanks to a myriad of activities and interactive events. There will also be an extensive educational programme to which I am very committed and which involves all the arts, enabling young people, families, arts lovers, the general public and visitors to discover the arts. LAC Edu is therefore yet another pillar of this new Arts Centre. It is my wish that the LAC becomes one of the main catalysts for the growth of the City and the Region, thus strengthening Lugano’s identity as a cultural crossroads between the north and the south of Europe.” - Michel Gagnon
Born in Canada in 1956, Michel Gagnon has been Place des Arts’ Programming Director since 2000. A leading performing arts presenter in Québec, Place des Arts is a cultural complex made up of six performance halls comprising 7,000 seats, which each year offers over 1,000 performances representing artistic expression in all its forms. As Programming Director, Michel Gagnon was responsible for developing the overall programming presented at Place des Arts in Montréal, as well as at the Amphithéâtre de Lanaudière. He also handles the artistic direction of shows produced by Place des Arts, and develops series of cultural activities intended for various audience groups. Prior to his employment at Place des Arts, Michel Gagnon was the production director for the Opéra de Montréal and stage manager for Les Grands Ballets canadiens. He also worked for Jeunesses Musicales of Canada’s International Festival, for the Opéra de Québec, and the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal. Michel Gagnon studied the management of cultural organizations at the HEC in Montréal. He also possesses a music diploma from the Université de Sherbrooke. He is now General Director of LAC, the new cultural centre of Lugano