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With generous support from Syncrude, The Nextfest Arts Company is pleased to announce our new Syncrude Fort McMurray Artist Program for Nextfest 2017.

 

The Syncrude Fort McMurray Artist Program will support two emerging artists from Fort McMurray by bringing them to Edmonton to collaborate, network, learn, and celebrate with other Albertan emerging artists at Nextfest, June 1- 11, 2017.

Emerging artists of all mediums are encouraged to apply. Due to festival deadlines, we cannot guarantee that work by the selected artists will be presented during the festival. However, we will do our best to provide an opportunity through one of our programs. Details will be confirmed after the application process is complete; project ideas could be included in application if desired.

Successful applicants will receive:
• Round trip airfare to Edmonton from Fort McMurray
• Board for the duration of the festival (up to thirteen nights)
• An exclusive Nextfest Artist Pass which includes: free entry to every event during
Nextfest, access to all artist only events in the festival, and access to all festival workshops
• A Nextfest t-shirt
• The opportunity to meet, mix, and mingle with over six hundred emerging artists from Alberta

Applicants must be:
• An emerging artist of any discipline
• Available to attend Nextfest in Edmonton June 1-11, 2017 (it is not necessary that applicants come for the entire duration of the festival, though it is encouraged)
• Under 30 years of age
• A resident of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo area for at least one year

To apply please send:
• A letter of interest
• An artist’s bio and resume (CV)
• A sample of your artwork in ANY format

Applications are to be submitted to Festival Director, Ellen Chorley, at ellen@nextfest.ca no later than Friday, April 21 at 11:59pm.

No phone calls please.

For more information on the The Syncrude Fort McMurray Artist Program please contact ellen@nextfest.ca.

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Audition Notice for Nextfest 2017

The Jackal and Her Reflection
written by Camille Pavlenko
directed by Tonya Rae Chrystian

Characters
•Arba (female) – the assassinated Pharaoh Hatshepsu
•Nefertari (female) – a lowly street walker

Setting
The ancient city of Memphis, Egypt, 1457 BCE. Although the play is stylized, embellishes upon history, and contains many anachronisms and liberties, every effort will be made to have as multi-ethnic a cast as possible. Historically, Hatshepsut was from a long line of indigenous, Egyptian Pharaohs. Egypt, at all points in history, was a multicultural epicentre and its citizens were people from all lands and of all ethnic backgrounds. This production aims to reflect this diversity, and actors of all ethnicities are welcome to apply. However, it is preferable the cast will contain no more than one actor of a European background.

Audition dates and times
Friday, March 31, 7pm-9pm
Sunday, April 2, 12pm-2pm
Monday, April 3, 7pm-9pm

Audition location
Robertson Wesley United Church (10209 123 street NW)
The “Air” room, which is a preschool classroom in the basement

Contact
• Please email the director (tchrysti@ualberta.ca) with a simple actor resume and headshot to apply.
• Please write “Jackal Audition” in the subject line.
• Please indicate which day you would like to audition and you will be sent a time slot.
• Sides will be provided.
• Actors will receive a small honorarium for participating in the project.

Rehearsal schedule (all actors must be available for the MAJORITY of rehearsals)
April
18 – 6:30-9:30pm
19 – 6:30-9:30pm
21 – 6:30-9:30pm
23 – 12pm-4pm
26 – 6:30-9:30pm
28 – 6:30-9:30pm
30 – 12-4pm

May
1 – 5:30-9:30pm
3 – 5:30-930pm
8 – 5:30-9:30pm
10 – 5:30-9:30pm
12 – 5:30-9:30pm
13 – 2-6pm
14 – 12-4pm
15 – 5:30-9:30pm
17 – 5:30-9:30pm
18 – 6-9pm
19 – 5:30-9:30pm
24 – 5:30-9:30pm
26 – 5:30-9:30pm
27 – 2-6pm
28 – 12-4pm
29 – 5:30-9:30pm
31 – 5:30-9:30pm

Tech Days
TBD

Performances (Full availability is required)
Saturday, June 3rd, 1:30-3pm
Sunday, June 4th, 6-7:30pm
Tuesday, June 6th, 6-7:30pm
Sunday, June 11th, 5:30-7pm

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The call for visual art submissions has been extended to March 31, 2017. A call to the Visual Art Niteclub has been added.

Nextfest is an opportunity for emerging visual artists under 30 who are creating new work. Contributing artists will be paid artist fees and receive festival passes to all of Nextfest’s films, plays and performances. There are 3 opportunities to apply for:

• Gallery Exhibition
• Visual Art Niteclub
• Mural Mentorship

Gallery Exhibitions
Show work at one of four gallery spaces near Whyte Avenue, the Paint Spot, Roots on Whyte, Strathcona Library, and the Roxy Theatre. Feel free to dream big with proposals to these spaces. Please submit a finished body of work or a coherent proposal for new work that will be created for one of the spaces. Feel free to contact us for more information on the gallery venues.

Email the following to steven.teeuwsen@gmail.com:

1. 6-10 jpg images of work with image list: title, dimensions, and medium
2. Artist statement
3. Short bio and/or CV

Masks for Monsters
Masks for Monsters, the visual art Niteclub, is a roving masquerade party through the Nextfest visual art venues in Old Strathcona. Participants will creating masks to be worn through the tour which will include a stop at the newly painted outdoor mural and culminate at the Roxy. Create work inspired by the theme or one of the venues. Projection, performance, paint, poetry, or other non ‘p’ related arts are welcome. Apply as a solo artist or as a team.

Email your proposal with support material such as photos, technical requirements, and descriptions to steven.teeuwsen@gmail.com.

Mural Mentorship Project
An established mural artist will mentor a student artist to design and paint a mural near Whyte Avenue. We are very excited to announce that Luke Ramsey (lukeramseystudio.com) will be our mentoring artist. The student artist must be enrolled in a post secondary art program in Alberta. They will be paid an honorarium for their work through The Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP). The mural will be painted May 20 – 31.

Apply with the following at https://www.joinscip.ca/internships/1076-mural-artist

1. Link to an online portfolio
2. Short bio and/or CV

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Audition Notice for Nextfest 2017

The Jackal and Her Reflection
written by Camille Pavlenko
directed by Tonya Rae Chrystian

Characters
•Arba (female) – the assassinated Pharaoh Hatshepsu
•Nefertari (female) – a lowly street walke
•Rama (male) – a member of the city guard
•Sensinobe (any gender) – a youthful-seeming old woman, or perhaps a wise-seeming old man. Sensinobe exists fluidly between genders.

*Rama and Sensinobe can be played by the same actor

Setting
The ancient city of Memphis, Egypt, 1457 BCE. Although the play is stylized, embellishes upon history, and contains many anachronisms and liberties, every effort will be made to have as multi-ethnic a cast as possible. Historically, Hatshepsut was from a long line of indigenous, Egyptian Pharaohs. Egypt, at all points in history, was a multicultural epicentre and its citizens were people from all lands and of all ethnic backgrounds. This production aims to reflect this diversity, and actors of all ethnicities are welcome to apply. However, it is preferable the cast will contain no more than one actor of a European background.

Audition dates
Friday, March 17
Saturday, March 18

Audition times
Friday 8-9:30pm
Saturday 2-3:30pm

Audition location
Robertson Wesley United Church (10209 123 street NW)

Contact
• Please email the director (tchrysti@ualberta.ca) with a simple actor resume and headshot to apply.
• Please write “Jackal Audition” in the subject line.
• Please indicate which day you would like to audition and you will be sent a time slot.
• Sides will be provided.

Info
• Rehearsals will take place in Edmonton at various venues starting in April and continuing through May.
• Nextfest runs from June 1-11, 2017, with multiple performances throughout. Full availability is required.
• Full rehearsal and performance schedule is TBA, but actors should expect to commit
approximately 20hrs/week during the evenings and weekends to rehearsal.
• All actors will receive a small honorarium for their labour. Exact amount is TBD.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Fool Spectrum Clown Showcase

Call for any clown inspired acts for Nextfest Performance Showcase. What does this mean? Any character based physical theatre acts are welcome. Circus, clown, bouffon, physical theatre, dancers, puppets and storytellers have historically been in this event, but we’d love to expand our repertoire.

Please submit the following requirements to the Clown Curator, Bill Yong, at foolspectrumtheatre@gmail.com

– An explanation of your piece/idea
– Technical requirements, if known
– Contact information, including website links and twitter handle
– Any additional support material
– If you would like to collaborate with an artist from another discipline

Submissions for the Fool Spectrum Clown Showcase will remain open until programming is full, but preference will be given to submissions received before March 10, 2017.

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The Nextfest Arts Company is seeking to hire an individual to fill the position of Festival Marketing Manager & Artist Liaison

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT:  Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Job Description:
The Festival Marketing Manager & Artist Liaison supports Nextfest through marketing, brand development and protection, audience development, communication with and between curators and artists, and general festival administration.

The Festival Marketing Manager & Artist Liaison is responsible for:

  • working with the Graphic Designer, Festival Director and curators to coordinate the festival program and support materials;
  • managing publicity of the festival, including drafting and sending out press releases, coordinating media interviews etc.;
  • updating and maintaining the website, and promoting the festival via social media; and
  • directly communicating with and supporting the 600+ artists involved with festival.

Commitment:
Flexible part time hours with extended flexible full time hours leading up to and during the Festival.

  • (Flexible) Full time hours April 1-15, 2017 for program assembly and administration
  • (Flexible) Full time hours May 15- June 11, 2017 for festival publicity, marking, on site social media, and artist communication

This is a contract position to cover a maternity leave. The position starts March 1, 2017 and ends June 30, 2017. This contract pays $3,000 CND.

Qualifications:

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills;
  • Marketing and publicity skills an asset;
  • Existing relationships with local media an asset;
  • Skills and knowledge in social media and other web-based communication;
  • A working knowledge of WordPress;
  • Strong leadership;
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanour under pressure;
  • Strong organizational skills and highly detail-oriented;
  • Ability to multi-task well;
  • Must be reliable and self-motivated, have a positive attitude, and be a strong team member;
  • Must be self-directed and able to work remotely; and
  • Must have a working knowledge of basic festival protocol.

To submit, please send your resume and cover letter to Ellen Chorley (Festival Director) with the subject line: Marketing Manager & Artist Liaison to ellen@nextfest.ca.

Previous experience with Nextfest will be considered an asset. Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview, we thank those that apply. All applications are considered confidential.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – FUTURESMUT: THE 10TH ANNUAL SMUT CABARET
SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017

What will Smut look like in 5, 25, 500 years? Bring out your robots, your sci fi, your modern toys and show us what the future of sex holds. Smut embraces everything risqué, sexy, lewd and vulgar. Fetishes, desires, sexuality, and everything in between. Flaunt, taunt, and tease till your audience squirms with delight or disgust.

The Zookeeper is now accepting submissions for FutureSmut: the 10th Annual SMUT Cabaret. Emerging artists from all disciplines welcome: theatre, dance, film, performance art, visual art, installations, anything you can imagine into existence. High-energy interdisciplinary collaborations, non-traditional experimental performance, and performer-created work encouraged. Performances range from 30 seconds to full evening installations and roving performances. For the purpose of this festival, “emerging” generally refers to artists under the age of 30 who are not professionally represented. All performers must be at least 18 years old.

Please submit the following requirements to the Smut Curator & Zookeeper, Samantha Jeffery, at SmutZookeeper@gmail.com:

– An explanation of your piece/idea
– Technical requirements, if known
– Contact information, including website links and twitter handle
– Any additional support material
– If you would like to collaborate with an artist from another discipline

Submissions for the SMUT Cabaret will remain open until programming is full, but preference will be given to submissions received before March 10, 2017.

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Call for Artists – NextFest 2017 Trash Gala NiTE Club

The Orange Girls + The Donna’s are in search of collaborators to present or perform at The TRASH GALA nightclub hosted on June 2, 2017 at The Roxy on Gateway this coming Nextfest.

THEME: Black Tie Trash

DEADLINE: February 15, 2017

CONCEPT: The nightclub will be presented as a linear show happening throughout the night, as opposed to the tradition museum style event. The nightclub follows a dysfunctional family as they attempt to throw a grand dinner party for all to attend. As the night progresses, the family spirals, and it becomes clear that the night, the decorations, and everything else are just cheap knockoffs and trash: the hors d’oeuvres are broken toy pieces, there’s a squire announcing guests arrivals incorrectly and incoherently, etc.

Each collaboration would be advancing the family’s roving storyline throughout the night, each group allotted a space. The spaces can be specified by the group, or suggested by the curators. The artists would be responsible for creating an installation, gallery, short performance, all sensory space, or whatever they dream up. Send us whatever may come to your mind. We’re looking for weird, warped, and wonderful!

TO SUBMIT: Please send an email to olivia.latte@gmail.com, subject line:  Nextfest Nite Club Submission, with an outline of your piece, a brief description of your/your company’s past work, the number of people involved, and any other pertinent information. Be open, be honest, include as much or as little as you’d like.

**WANT TO BE INVOLVED BUT DON’T HAVE A PITCH? Drop us a line! We’re looking for people to fill a few pre-determined roles, and some helping hands out there!**

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NEXTFEST 2017 CALL FOR VISUAL ART SUBMISSIONS

Nextfest is now accepting visual art submissions for the 2017 edition, which takes place June 1-11! Nextfest is an opportunity for emerging visual artists who are creating new work. This year’s festival has 2 exciting opportunities: gallery exhibition and mural mentorship. Contributing artists will be paid an artist fee and receive a festival pass to all Nextfest performances and parties. Please submit to the mural mentorship and the gallery exhibitions separately.

GALLERY EXHIBITIONS
Nextfest is offering the opportunity to show art work at one of three gallery spaces near Whyte Avenue. Feel free to dream big with proposals for these spaces. We would like to see images of a cohesive body of work or a coherent proposal for new work that will be created for one of the spaces. Feel free to contact us for more information on the gallery venues. All gallery artists will be paid an artist exhibition fee.

Application deadline: March 20

Submission guidelines (please include all):
1) 8-12 JPG images of work with image list: title, dimensions, and medium
2) Artist statement
3) Short bio and/or CV

E-mail submissions or questions to:
Steven Teeuwsen/ Nextfest Visual Arts Curator: steven.teeuwsen@gmail.com

MURAL MENTORSHIP PROJECT
For two years Nextfest has run a mural mentorship program. This year an established mural artist will work with a student artist to create the concept and complete execution of a mural near Whyte Avenue. The applicant to this project must be currently enrolled in a post secondary institution. The student artist will be paid an honorarium for their work. The student artist must be available from May 20-31 for the execution of the mural painting.

Application deadline: March 20
Submission guidelines (please include all):
1) 8-12 JPG images of past work with image list: title, dimensions, and medium
2) Short bio and/or CV

Apply to the Mural Mentorship project here: https://www.joinscip.ca/internships/1076-mural-artist

E-mail submissions or questions to:
Steven Teeuwsen/Nextfest Visual Arts Curator: steven.teeuwsen@gmail.com

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: DANCEFEST @ NEXTFEST

Curated by Good Women Dance Collective, Dancefest @ Nextfest is now accepting submissions for the 2017 edition (June 1-11)!

The series features emerging dance and performance artists from around Edmonton and across Canada.

Who can apply?
Dancefest is geared towards emerging choreographers under the age of 30, who are pursuing a professional career in dance.

What are we looking for?
Dance works in the 10-25 minute range but all applications will be considered.

How to apply?
Please send us the following details:

  • A description of your piece (1 page)
  • Statement of interest
    Why you would like to present your work at Nextfest—how will the festival benefit you as an artist?
  • Choreographer’s CV
  • Estimated length of the work
  • Technical requirements
  • List of performers and other collaborators
  • Link to online video documentation
    This can be of the proposed work, or rehearsal footage of the work, or documentation of a previous work.
    Please send a video hyperlink. Do not send a hard copy.

*Current high school students: mentorship by one of the Good Women Dance Collective artists is automatically included in this opportunity.

*Non-students are encouraged to request free mentorship services, if desired.

When to apply?
Please send us your application package by February 3, 2017 at 11:59 MT

Where to apply?
Please send all submissions electronically to: info@goodwomen.ca
Late, incomplete or hard-copy submissions will not be accepted.

When will decisions be made?
You will be contacted by February 27, 2017 with your application results.

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