ANTIGONIGHT! Art After Dark Festival is a free arts festival that aims to be inclusive and accessible to all persons.
Since its inception in 2010, Antigonight: Art After Dark has been Antigonish Culture Alive’s most recognizable and popular outdoor, public art event. The festival provides an opportunity for artists to display their work and become known within the community. It gives the community the chance to interact with contemporary art spanning multiple mediums, such as dance, theatre, music, sound art, and installation art. Annual attendance at the festival has been around 3,000. The festival takes place in September and is FREE, open to all, and accessible by wheelchair and stroller. Art projects are positioned around downtown venues including parks, closed-off sections of Main Street, and the public library where visitors have easy access. Exhibits and performances are found on sidewalks and in storefronts, alleyways, and nooks and crannies of the downtown. Each year, artists are invited to submit proposals and selected to present projects that lean towards the participatory.
Antigonight acknowledges the over-representation of White, cisgender, able-bodied voices in the arts. We prioritize and encourage perspectives, work, and input from individuals who belong to Nova Scotia (Mi'kma'ki/L'nuewa'ki)'s marginalized and underrepresented communities.
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