Mandate/Vision:

  • Provide free and accessible arts programming for North-Eastern L’nuewa’ki (Mi’kma’ki)/Nova Scotia.
  • Provide artists from diverse backgrounds and gender-diverse communities with the opportunity to create experimental new works in the town of Antigonish, including but not limited to: video, performance, dance, sound, sculpture, visual art, and installation. 
  • Support artists with a connection to L’nuewa’ki (Mi’kma’ki)/Nova Scotia and provide them with opportunities to build networks with cultural workers and community members from across the region.
  • Create a safe and supportive environment for artists and audiences from all walks of life to perform and participate.
  • Provide CARFAC fees to participating artists.

Antigonight acknowledges the over-representation of White, cisgender, able-bodied voices in the arts. We are actively working to change the lack of representation and power imbalances within our arts community, and are striving to transform the systems that sustain these inequities. As such, we prioritize and encourage perspectives, work, and input from L’nuewa’ki (Mi’kma’ki)/Nova Scotia’s marginalized and underrepresented communities within the arts sector. We strongly encourage applicants from LGBTQIA2+ communities, BIPOC and non-White communities, newcomers, and persons with disabilities.

To ensure the selection process for Antigonight is done through a lens of equity, we would like to better identify those individuals/groups who are seeking equity and who typically experience barriers within the Canadian arts sector. If you would like to self-identify, we encourage you to do so, but by no means is this mandatory. We are invested in identifying equitable opportunities and this info will be used/seen only by festival staff, organizers, and the Selection Committee to make Antigonight more inclusive. 

Antigonight has zero tolerance for discrimination or violence. This includes but is not limited to protecting the rights outlined in the Nova Scotian Human Rights Code: age; race; colour; religion; creed; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; gender expression; physical disability or mental disability; ethnic, national or Indigenous origin; family status; marital status; source of income; or political belief, affiliation or activity.  

Antigonight strives to be a safe space. We have a zero-tolerance policy for anyone who mistreats, harasses or disrespects audience members, festival staff, and artists. If you see anyone or anything that acts in violation of our mandate, we request your feedback. In addition, if you have suggestions as to how we may better improve our festival or the safety of our artists, patrons and collaborators, please let us know