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Welcome to Antigonight 2023 

September 15 & 16

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Open call to artists!

Call for Submissions: 14th Annual Antigonight: Art After Dark
Festival dates: September 15 & 16, 2023
Deadline to apply: June 22
Selection notification: July 21
Application Form: Follow this LINK

We invite artists from anywhere in the world who have roots in Nova Scotia(Mi'kma'ki/L'nuewa'ki) and Atlantic Canada to create experimental new works for the festival, including but not limited to: video, performance, dance, sound, sculpture, and installation, which can be presented in-person in the town of Antigonish(Nalikitquniejk). The heart of Antigonight is that all projects are interactive and/or participatory in nature, the selection committee will prioritize projects that have a participatory component, as stated in our mission statement.

This year, the festival does not have a predetermined theme to include in this call. Instead, a theme, or themes, will be pulled from the submission received. Participating Antigonight artists will receive CARFAC-mandated artist fees in payment for their work. We strongly encourage members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, Indigenous, Black and non-White communities, newcomers, and persons with disabilities to apply.  

If you have any questions regarding the festival or your application, please email:

Antigonight 2022, photo by Brent McCombs

Our team is taking shape

Welcome back to Carissa Ainslie and Iris Augustine who will make up this year's core coordination team, and big thanks to Amberlee Boulton and Addy Strickland who will be Co-Chairs of the festival! Stay tuned!

Carissa Ainslie (she/her) is a Queer maker, community arts organizer and graduate of OCAD University’s Material Art and Design: Fibre program. A member of the Feminist Art Collective (FAC), she is also the founder of the Made by Feminists makers market, and was coordinator of the March 2020 Feminist Art Festival. This event showcased multidisciplinary work from over 75 Canadian and international artists in addition to three days of programming. It was through FAC that she realized her love of fostering creative community partnerships, and supporting artists by providing platforms for their work and development. She sat on the board of directors for East End Arts, a local arts service organization, where she witnessed the importance of community level access to, and support for, the arts. She currently sits on the board of Creative Pictou County as vice-chair.

Carissa returned home to Mi’kma’ki/Nova Scotia last year after twelve years away to start an artist residency and retreat space in Pictou County. This is her second year as the coordinator for Antigonight and she is excited to be a part of such an amazing community arts event once again!

Iris Augustine is a local Fine Artist with an interest in creating dream-like and mystical works, often using the tool of abstraction to express emotion, fantasy and her own mental landscape. Having been involved with Antigonight throughout her youth, she is excited to play a larger, more hands-on role and connect with and share the magic of art with people in the community.

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