What is Antigonight?

Since its inception in 2010, Antigonight Art After Dark has been Antigonish Culture Alive’s most recognizable and popular public art event. It is specifically designed to offer the public an opportunity to appreciate art in a public venue. The festival provides both the opportunity for artists to display their work and become known within the community but also gives the community the opportunity to interact with contemporary artwork of different mediums, such as dance, theatre, music, visual arts, and other forms of live artistic interaction. Annual attendance at the festival has been around 3,000 for the last two years. The festival takes place annually 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 to the exhibits. Exhibits and performance 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 are participatory in nature. Over the years, projects have including music, dance performances, painting, sculpture, workshops in visual art, storytelling, and theatre.

Artist Submissions Due June 26, 2020

For 10 years, Antigonight Art After Dark Festival aimed to provide an accessible and exciting environment for festival-goers to interact alongside professional artists. Curated projects invited the community to discover, co-create, express, and understand the world in ways that are personal and universal, actual and magical. The unique and unpredictable ways in which we encounter and engage with the world through art can help bring meaning and understanding, liberation of beliefs and hopes, and create a sense of self within the world. The truly transformative power of art is when it consciously makes us question our individual and collective beliefs.

With respect to the health and safety of our artists and audience, the organizers of the 11th annual Antigonight Art After Dark Festival invite artists, collectives, and community organizations to submit project ideas that celebrate and consider ways that we can encounter art and be connected even if we cannot gather. How do we share a collective experience as individuals? We urge you to think about projects that touch upon the theme of connecting and reaching each other in unconventional ways. While digital platforms certainly are, in some cases, fully appropriate, we also invite submissions that do not use digital methods.  

Antigonight will take place September 1st – 12th, 2020.  Projects may occur once during this period, over a duration, or multiple times as is appropriate. 

Submit applications to info@antigonishculturealive.ca

The Schedule for Antigonight 2020 TBA