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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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NEXTFEST CHOREOGRAPHIC OPPORTUNITY

We’re in search of an emerging choreographer to create a new work for Dancefest @ Nextfest 2017.

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

Who will you be working with?
You, the choreographer, will be working with a group of 15 to 25 dancers from Victoria School for the Arts to create a new movement piece.

Artistic mentorship and guidance will be available to you from the Good Women Collective Artists – our attendance at all of your rehearsals will be expected.

What’s the creative process involved?
Rehearsals will run every Monday afternoon from 3:30-5:30pm
Beginning March 6, 2017 and continuing up until the Festival, which runs from June 1-11,2017.
*There will be no rehearsals on April 17 or May 23

You’ll need to be available for consultation on light design, tech and dress rehearsal
(exact dates TBA, likely between May 27-May 31, 2017)

Where will you rehearse?
Studio space will be provided at Victoria School for the Arts.

What kind of funding is there?
You, the choreographer will be guaranteed a minimum honorarium of $400 for the creation and presentation of your work in Nextfest.

However, we would encourage and support your application for funds through the Edmonton Community Foundation’s Young Edmonton Grants program. This grant can provide a young Edmonton creator (13-24yrs) with funds up to $3000 for a project such as new choreography.

Good Women Collective Artists will be available to provide guidance in writing this application, should you require it. Applications for this grant are due by February 15, 2017.

How do you apply?
To apply as a choreographer for Dancefest at Nextfest 2017, please send the following information to info@goodwomen.ca:

  • Statement of interest
    Why you would like to create new work to be mentored and presented at Nextfest
  • Artistic Statement/Description of Work
    We would like to know about your choreographic style and what concepts you intend to explore in your piece
  • Link to online video documentation
    This can include ideas for this new work, or documentation of a previous work.
    Please send a video link—do not send a hard copy.
  • Choreographer’s CV

When is the deadline to apply?
February 1, 2017 at 11:59pm (MT)
Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

When will final decisions be made on a successful choreographer?
You will be contacted by February 10, 2017

What if I have questions?
Please contact us at: info@goodwomen.ca

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NEXTFEST 2016 CALL FOR VISUAL ART SUBMISSIONS

Nextfest is now accepting visual art submissions for the 2016 edition, taking place June 2-12! Nextfest is an opportunity for emerging visual artists who are creating new work. This year’s festival has 3 exciting opportunities: in-door exhibition, out-door exhibition, and mural mentorship. Contributing artists will be paid artist fees and receive festival passes to all of Nextfest’s events and performances. Be a part of this dynamic festival!

Please submit to the mural mentorship and the exhibitions separately.

GALLERY & ART PARK EXHIBITIONS

This year the festival is offering a unique opportunity to show art work either in-doors or out-doors. The site of the old Roxy theatre has been filled in and this will be becoming our ‘Art Park’. We will be activating the space with mural and sculpture works. Feel free to dream big with proposals to this space, but remember that the works must be able to withstand the elements. We are taking submissions from individuals and teams.

For the in-door space the curator would prefer to see a body of work, but please feel free to submit a variety of work as well. Both spaces have the potential for installation works and dynamic works that change throughout of the festival.

Application deadline: April 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: visualarts@nextfest.ca

MURAL MENTORSHIP PROJECT

For the past two years NextFest has run a mural mentorship program. An established mural artist works with a student artist to create the concept and complete execution of a mural on 124 Street. 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: April 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

E-mail submissions or questions to:
Steven Teeuwsen / Nextfest Visual Arts Curator: visualarts@nextfest.ca

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They’re fierce, they’re creative, they’re passionate, they’re talented and they have Math 20 in the morning.

Nextfest presents our celebration of high school artists, a festival within a festival we’ve lovingly dubbed NEXTNextfest. This multi-medium showcase of Edmonton and area artists provides a platform for teen artists under the age of 18 who are serious about creating careers in theatre, music, dance, poetry and visual art. These secondary school artists are encouraged to boldly present their work…and show the twenty-somethings how it’s done!

Call for submissions now open!

NEXTNextfest is seeking highschool artists in the following disciplines (click the link to download the application form). Deadline to apply is February 1, 2016. Questions? Contact Highschool Curator Ellen Chorley at ellenchorley@hotmail.com.

Film

Dance

Music

Theatre

Visual Art

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We are incredibly proud to announce Justina Smith’s series “The Roxy” will be this year’s festival image.

A note from fest director Steve Pirot:

‘We chose Justina Smith’s paintings to represent Nextfest 2015 because they are beautiful. Moreover, it is our 20th anniversary, so these images of The Roxy’s iconic signage gives us an opportunity to honour our past. Usually the Nextfest festival image is a face so these images of a building may seem to be a deviation at first, but, then there is the realization that The Roxy was more than just the home of Nextfest, it was Nextfest’s true face.’ ~ Steve Pirot

Check out more of Justina’s work here.

Nextfest Image - Roxy - Justina Smith Nextfest Image 3 - Roxy - Justina Smith Nextfest Image for Podcast - Roxy - Justina Smith

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Nextfest20thAnniversaryPoster-preview

Somewhere on a patio in Edmonton, Theatre Network is rubbing its temples, and lamenting over a frosty locally-brewed craft cider: “Where has the time gone? They just grow up so fast!”

Nextfest, Theatre Network’s exuberant emerging artist festival celebrating the creative voice of the next generation, turns 20 this year. In celebration of two decades of original encounters in Edmonton-made art, Nextfest mines from the vaults two works originally produced in the early years of the festival, directed anew by two rising theatre artists, featuring an all-star cast of local emerging performers.

Nextfest 20th Anniversary Showcase
May 7 – 17, 2015
Preview May 5 & 6
The Mercury Theatre  (previously the Living Room Playhouse)
11315 106 Avenue
Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm | Sunday at 2pm
Tickets available at Tix on the Square
Both shows performed in repertory

Originally produced at Nextfest in 1998, No One Showed Up to the Anarchist Rally by Rosemary Rowe is the story of three unlikely college roommates. Unwashed dishes, rotting food, pajamas, and tea. The apartment has never looked or smelt worse. Veronica was dumped, Anna won’t leave the bathroom, and Celia is planning the event of a lifetime. No One Showed up to the Anarchist Rally is a poeticized comedic investigation into the undergraduate angst we all go through about our own sexual, artistic, and political expression.

In Leah-Simone Bowen’s Code Word: Time – first produced at Nextfest in 2001 – a maintenance man distracted by his aspirations to become a filmmaker leaves three strangers trapped in an elevator. This poignantly dark comedy on new media is perhaps even more relevant in today’s fast-paced world of online social connectedness.

No One Showed Up to the Anarchist Rally
by Rosemary Rowe | directed by Andrew Ritchie | featuring Paula Humby, Marina Mair-Sanchez & Lianna Makuch | costume and light design by Cheyenne Sykes | set design by Kevin Green | sound design by Andrew Ritchie | stage managed by Kate Quinn-Feehan

Code Word: Time 
by Leah Simone Bowen | directed by Beth Dart | featuring Bonnie Ings, Cliff Kelly, Graham Mothersill and Ben Gorodetsky | costume and light design by Cheyenne Sykes | set design by Kevin Green | video design by Matt Schuurman | stage managed by Mona Jiang

Stay tuned for more details on Nextfest 2015, taking over Edmonton June 4 – 14 in various venues in and around downtown.

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The fine folks over at the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton must really love the emerging arts! They’re offering 2-for-1 tickets to the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts to all Nextfest artists and alum. That’s just crazy! Tickets start as low as $21.

C’mon out and support this year’s nominees, and enjoy a killer performance lineup featuring DJ CreeAsian, The Wet Secrets, Joe Nolan, Mary Pinkoski and SO MANY MORE!

Just fill out this form and return it to the PACE offices to cash in on this sweet deal.

Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts
Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7pm
Winspear Centre

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