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Jan 2021

Nextfest 2021: Call For General Submissions

A person wearing a plaid red jacket walks in a fashion show at the Nextfest 2019 opening ceremonies.

Nextfest is the best fest this side of summer and we and YOU to be a part of it! 

Nextfest is a multi-disciplinary emerging arts festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada running June 3- 13, 2021.

We are looking for emerging artists in any discipline to apply to be part of the festival. 

Want a mentor to come to your rehearsals? Want guidance to help you develop a safe(r) spaces policy? Looking for dramaturgical help? Interested in talking about the next stages in your career? Want coaching for your auditions? Want help writing grants? Want to meld poetry, dance, and visual art into an interactive piece? Want to showcase your new fashion line? Need help setting up a recording studio in your basement? Want to learn how to edit video? Have an idea for an artistic piece, project, play, presentation, exhibition, experiment, or other “thing”, but not sure where to start, where to apply, or how to get involved with Nextfest?

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Tell us what you want to achieve. 

How To Apply

To submit to Nextfest, follow these steps:

1. Check That You Are Eligible

Double-check that you define yourself as an emerging artist with Nextfest guidelines. The Nextfest Arts Company defines emerging artists as:

  • any artist within the first ten years of their career
  • an artist who is NOT represented by any organization or union (ACTRA, EQUITY, IATSE, PGC, DGC, ADC, etc.)
  • an artist who is NOT represented by an agent or agency

2. Apply by Sending Your Submission In

Send an email to Ellen Chorley, Festival Director with the subject line: NEXTFEST GENERAL SUBMISSION. 

Ellen’s email address is ellen@nextfest.ca If you do not have access to email, you can call or text Ellen at (780) 906-2365 to get a conversation going. 

In that email please include:

  • Your full name
  • Your email address and telephone number
  • Your pronouns
  • A brief bio of your past experience as an artist (this doesn’t have to be long, we just want an idea of where you are coming from) 
  • A brief summary of what you are looking for or what you want to achieve with Nextfest (again this doesn’t have to be long, we just need to a place to start the conversation)

Deadline: Please get in touch with Nextfest before March 15, 2021. 

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