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With generous support from Syncrude, The Nextfest Arts Company is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the Syncrude Fort McMurray Artist Program for Nextfest 2018.

The Syncrude Fort McMurray Artist Program will support two emerging artists from Fort McMurry by bringing them to Edmonton to collaborate, network, learn and celebrate with other Albertan emerging artists at Nextfest, May 31, 2018 to June 10, 2018.

Emerging artists of all mediums are encouraged to apply. We will do our best to provide an opportunity through one of our programs to present the work of artists who apply to participate. Please include a project brief in your application.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • Round trip airfare to Edmonton from Fort McMurray
  • Board for the duration of the festival (up to ten 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 May 31, 2018 to June 10, 2018 (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
  • A project proposal in ANY format
  • An artist’s bio and resume (CV)
  • A sample of your work in ANY format

Applications are to be submitted to Ellen Chorley, Festival Director, at ellen@nextfest.ca no later than FEBRUARY 15, 2018 at 11:59pm. No phone calls please.

For more information on the SYNCRUDE FORT MCMURRAY ARTIST PROGRAM please contact Festival Director, Ellen Chorley, at ellen@nextfest.ca.

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Nextfest 2018 is now accepting High School Dance Submissions!

Deadline to apply is February 1, 2018.

Submit a dance piece to be considered as part of Nextfest high school’s dance program.

Please fill out this form if you are an artist submitting a dance piece for consideration as part of Nextfest 2018.

Questions? Please contact:

Jen Peebles
Nextfest High School Curator
Jen.Peebles@outlook.com

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Curated by Good Women Dance Collective, Dancefest at Nextfest is now accepting submissions for the 2018 edition (May 31- June 10)!

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 10-20 minute range, though all applications will be considered.

How to apply?
Please send us the following details:

  • A description of your piece (1 page maximum)
  • Statement of interest – Describe why you would like to present your work at Nextfest and how the festival will 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 – Footage of the proposed work is preferred.
  • Rehearsal footage of the work or documentation of a previous work will also be accepted. 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 2, 2018 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 26, 2018 with your application results.

Questions?
Questions regarding this application can be emailed to info@goodwomen.ca

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Diversity in the Arts Workshop

NEXTFEST ARTS COMPANY is thrilled to announce our Diversity in the Arts Workshop as part of Nextfest 2017, with support from Theatre Alberta’s Workshop by Demand program.

Calling all arts advocates, allies and anyone interested in learning about equity and diversity in the arts! Join Gina Puntil (Work Plays Schools Program, ArtEquity2016) and Jenna Rodgers (Chromatic Theatre, CCEDA) in exploring how inequities – both visible and invisible – affect our theatre practices.

This full-day workshop will engage both your mind and body. Starting from individual and moving through to the societal, we will provide you with some tools and strategies to address, assess and disrupt inequity in your personal practice, creative work and in society as a whole.

Nextfest Diversity in the Arts Workshop
Monday, June 5, 2017: 10:00am – 4:00pm
The Roxy on Gateway Theatre
Free for Emerging Artists

This workshop is open to all emerging artists of any discipline; artists do not have to be currently producing/performing at Nextfest to participate in the workshop.  If the participant is not currently an artist in Nextfest, they will be made an honorary one so you can join us for the festival!

Limited space available, interested attendees are asked to register by email with the subject line DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS WORKSHOP to Festival Director, Ellen Chorley at ellen@nextfest.ca.

The email should clearly state:
•    Name
•    Contact Information
•    Background of your chosen artistic field
•    Your reason(s) for wanting to participate in this workshop

Applicants will be taken until June 2, 2017 or until the workshop is filled.  Maximum twenty participants.

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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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