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May 2021

Sign Up: Nextfest Community Check-ins

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Welcome!

Grab a mug of your favourite beverage and start your morning with the Nextfest gang! Though we can’t connect on the dance floor this year, it doesn’t mean that connection won’t happen. Here is your chance to meet other Nextfest artists and learn about their projects, meet folks involved with the festival, or just tell us how your isolation experience is going. Your new best friends are here, guaranteed!

In order to create a safe space for all, we have split the community check-ins into three separate events. This will allow IBPOC and 2SLGBTQQIA*+ creators to connect with others who share similar experiences.  

Why sign up? You can connect, debrief, learn about each other’s projects, meet other artists involved with the festival, or just tell us how your quarantine is going. 

Join us for our 2021 Community Check-ins. 

1. Nextfest IBPOC Community Check-in

When? Sunday, June 6th, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:30 am MST
Where? Virtually on Zoom!*
Hosted by Saint Tawfik

This virtual check-in is for anyone who is a part of the IBPOC community to connect and share space in a safe environment. Grab your favourite hot morning beverage, some breakfast, or a blanket, and curl up! Facilitated by Saint Tawfik!

About Saint: Saint (they/them) is a Sudanese-Canadian spoken word poet living in Amiskwaciwaskahikan. They are passionate about connecting the past to the future and sometimes making it rhyme. Saint can be found exploring various mediums of art such as jewelry-making and visual art at @inlovingcolourstudios and at their virtual open mic @thechatroomyeg.

RSVP to this event here: https://forms.gle/XdzFn5uS8wrGYib8A

*Participants will be sent a Zoom link to the check-in 24 hours in advance of the start time

 

2. NExtfest 2SLGBTQQIA*+ Community Check-in

When? Saturday, June 12th from 9:15-10:45AM MST
Where? Virtually on Zoom!*
Hosted by Sare

This virtual check-in is for anyone who is a part of the 2SLGBTQQIA*+ community to connect and share space in a safe environment. Grab your favourite hot morning beverage, some breakfast, or a blanket, and curl up! Facilitated by Sare!

About Sare: After spending their younger years filling notebooks with poetry, Sare uncovered a fascination with the energy created through live music and started finding a place for their poems through writing music of their own. Under the moniker Stem Champ, Sare makes punk-influenced anti-folk music about the weirdness of growing up and learning to be ok with who you’ve been and who you are.

As an avid live-music fan, Sare has come to learn how important it is to see and hear yourself through the art you consume and truly believes that should be the norm and not a comfort experienced by a few. Sare is curious to continue exploring building BIPOC community within music subcultures and spaces.

RSVP to this event here: https://forms.gle/PnuRheiFAMn6ZqzL9

*Participants will be sent a Zoom link to the check-in 24 hours in advance of the start time

 

3. Nextfest General Community Check-in

When? Sunday, June 13th from 10:00 am- 11:30 am MST
Where? Virtually on Zoom!*
Hosted by Brooke Leifso

This virtual check-in is for anyone who is a part of the Nextfest community to connect and share space in a safe environment. Grab your favourite hot morning beverage, some breakfast, or a blanket, and curl up! Facilitated by Brooke Leifso!

About Brooke: Brooke Leifso is many things: Expressive Arts practitioner, researcher, artist, and producer. Commissioned by the Ad Hoc Assembly and supported by the Edmonton Community Foundation, Brooke co-researched and co-produced a report on how to make performing arts more accessible in Edmonton. In various capacities, she has worked with the Citadel Theatre, Edmonton Fringe Theatre, Ground Zero Productions, Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre, Theatre Yes, Azimuth Theatre, and CRIPSiE, NorQuest College (Lead Researcher, Autism CanTech!). She also has lived experience of disability and has a Masters in Expressive Arts – Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding: how can community art making create social cohesion. Her personal art practice is based in collective performance. Favourite credits include Dwelling, Studies of Sleep, s/kin, A wake.

RSVP to this event here: https://forms.gle/m3spW8kBMB9GQtYt7

*Participants will be sent a Zoom link to the check-in 24 hours in advance of the start time

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Have questions? Reach out at hello@nextfest.ca.

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