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Nextfest 2020: Edmonton’s Emerging Arts Festival Goes Online

Nextfest, now in its 25th year, brings together more than 450 artists across a wide range of artistic disciplines to create and present experiences in music, theatre, dance, poetry, film, design, comedy, drag, and multimedia.

While Nextfest typically moves from venues in and around Old Strathcona with live performances, this year they are making the shift to the world wide web to continue cultivating the next generation of movers, shakers, makers, and creators. With this new way of providing experiences, they are promising something surprising & new with this year's online format.

“Over the 11 days of Nextfest, we will bear witness to creative experimentation presented by the next generation of Edmonton artists from all disciplines. Stay tuned to your screens, Nextfest is going online.”

Ellen Chorley, Fesitval Director

So what can people expect from this year's Nextfest? First, they're making the entire event FREE and more accessible than ever for people to enjoy the over 50 arts events that will be held this year (all you need is an internet connection!). While they're removing the ticket costs for this year, they are still collecting donations to help support Nextfest and the artists involved.

People will be able to take part in the Nextfest Workshop Series, where you can learn skills, refine practices, and engage in critical discussions about the business of art. This series is free and open to emerging artists across the country.

Spoken Word returns to Nextfest this year, with Come Home, a showcase curated by Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, Nisha Pate.

Get immersed in The Invisible Practice, a multidisciplinary performance created by Connor Yuzwenko-Martin, Nextfest’s Deaf & HOH accessibility consultant. This online interactive journey of symbology and introspection will build onto the project itself, creating an even larger game that can be explored and manipulated in person at Nextfest 2021.

Experience over 50+ events featuring over 450 (physically distanced) artists over the 11-day festival.

Theatre Network Live at the Roxy presents
The 25th Annual Nextfest Emerging Arts Festival
June 4-14, 2020


450+ Physically Distantanced Artists | 11 days | Online
All Events are FREE
For more information about the upcoming festival visit nextfest.ca

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