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Call for Submissions (Edmonton): 2017 Found Festival – Common Ground Arts Society

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Call for Submissions (Edmonton): 2017 Found Festival – Common Ground Arts Society

Common Ground Arts SocietyFound Festival is a multidisciplinary found space and site specific arts festival presenting original performances and art installations in unconventional spaces in Edmonton, Alberta. Found Festival is an equal opportunity presenter. Artists in varying stages of their career and with diverse identities, cultural backgrounds, and abilities will be considered. The festival dates are June 22-25, 2017.


  • Found space, site specific, and installation based work;
  • Any artistic discipline: music, dance, visual art, film, performance art, theatre, writing, etc.;
  • New or previously produced performer-created work;
  • One-minute performances, day-long endurance art pieces and everything in between;
  • Projects should be informed by or built to suit found space; and
  • Preference will be given to projects that best consider community impact, integrate use of found space, and proof of consideration of the performer’s relationship to audience.

PLEASE NOTE: projects that do not consider the above will not be accepted. Questions? Please contact Artistic Producer Beth Dart at

PROJECT SUBMISSIONS (INDIVIDUALS OR ENSEMBLES): Maximum two pages (not including Lead Artist CV and support materials). Do not include artist or company name in header or footer of document. Applications will be reviewed anonymously to ensure a fair and unbiased process.

  • Project description, including desired audience experience;
  • Desired venue(s)/location (specific locations or types of location, i.e. Wee Book Inn vs. a used book store);
  • Potential community impact (how the project involves and/or affects the local community, additional outreach activities to be associated with the project);
  • Potential requirements (power access, sound, lighting, projection, etc.);
  • Creation and development process for new work, including timeline;
  • Self-promotion initiatives;
  • Company bio (if applicable), lead artist CV(s); and
  • Support material (past performance history, script excerpts, photos, videos, etc.).

DEADLINE: Midnight (MST) on Friday, January 13, 2017.

Found Festival will provide successful applicants with:

  • Presentation guarantee and box-office split;
  • Festival artist passes;
  • Front of house support;
  • Advance and on-site box office services;
  • Securing an appropriate venue through a community or city partner;
  • Assistance in sourcing, setting up and troubleshooting technical equipment;
  • Festival marketing and advertising, including online, festival program;
  • Artistic or producing mentorship, if requested.

Please send submissions to Artistic Producer Beth Dart at

For more information on Common Ground Arts Society, visit


Found Festival presents dance, theatre, visual art, music, film, poetry, and more over four days in Edmonton’s Old Strathcona neighbourhood. All performances and installations take place in unconventional spaces – theatre in a back alley, poetry on a street car, contemporary dance in public parks. Performances are affordable, accessible, and interactive.

Past venues have included a funeral home, residential garage, and a Dodge Grand Caravan. We’ve had live music played on rooftops, movies projected onto buildings, and a play performed – in the middle of June – on a giant pile of snow. Some pieces are designed for as few as one person at a time, while others accommodate as many as 200. We are committed to presenting innovative, entertaining, and provocative new works that push the boundaries of audience interaction, allowing both spectators and performers to engage in a more stimulating brand of risk-taking and play.


The Common Ground Arts Society is a not-for-profit organization established in 2009 dedicated to the promotion, presentation, and development of Edmonton’s vibrant arts scene. We present the work of artists from Edmonton and beyond through Found Festival, workshops, performances, and community events.

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