Found Festival 2014
Planning for the 2014 Found Festival is well underway.
Festival Dates: June 26 – 29, 2014 at various locations in the Old Strathcona district
Any inquiries or questions please contact Festival Director – Andrew Ritchie
Found Festival 2013
DARE TO GET LOST.
50 emerging artists performing site-specific new works together in Old Strathcona, June 27-30, 2013
The Found Festival is BACK, with a crackling line-up of brand-spanking new works including dance, music, visual art, theatre, film, and creative writing. The only restriction? All pieces must occur outside of “traditional” locals— such as theatres or bars— and explore more unconventional spaces. Last year’s venues included a funeral home, garage, and public park. This year, witness pieces in back alleys, a van, the Railway Museum, and a residential apartment; featuring endurance art pieces, a raw chicken, and films after sunset!
“The Found Festival is exciting, challenging, and accessible, allowing for a new level of audience interaction and collaboration between artists.”
- Elena Belyea, Festival Producer
“It’s one of those cool ideas that makes everyone wonder “why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?””
- Liz Nicholls, EDMONTON JOURNAL
“Adventure and discovery can be as close as your own backyard if you’re willing to look for it.”
- Meaghan Baxter, VUE WEEKLY
MAP of FESTIVAL GROUNDS
FOUND FESTIVAL 2013 GUIDE
A FEW GOOD THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT FOUND
SO, THIS IS YOUR FIRST FOUND FESTIVAL. OR, MAYBE IT’S NOT. Maybe you’re just eager to get the most up-to-date, insider pro-tips on how to get the most out of this 4-day, rain or shine, art adventure extravaganza! Whatever your reason, this post should give you a bit more information about everything Found related, including a map, info on the schedule, and some answers to frequently asked questions.
WHAT IS THE COMMON GROUND ARTS SOCIETY?
The Common Ground Arts Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, advocacy, and development of Edmonton emerging artists, founded by Simon Gorsak, Patrick Lundeen, and Nicholas Mayne in 2009. The Common Ground Arts Society produces multidisciplinary events, presenting talent artists from a wide variety of disciplines, including dance, visual art, theatre, interactive installations, creative writing, music and more!
WHAT IS THE FOUND FESTIVAL?
The Found Festival is a multidisciplinary, site-specific performing arts festival, happening in Edmonton, Alberta’s Old Strathcona from June 27 to 30th, 2013. In other words— a bunch of emerging artists, creating new work in non-traditional venues— think back alleys, cars, museums, libraries, apartment buildings, and public parks!
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
1. Several performances take place outdoors, so dress accordingly! Check the weather forecast before heading out in the morning— sunscreen, bug spray & umbrellas are your friends!
2. Venues vary greatly in terms of capacity and seating options. Get your tickets early to ensure you see everything!Also— many pieces are standing room only! Others provide opportunities for you to move around throughout. Don’t like where you’re watching from? Move somewhere else! Also, if you or someone you’re traveling the festival with have specific needs, related to seating or otherwise, please let our staff at the Box Office know, so that we can figure out together how we can best accommodate you.
3. Get into it! The more you put into your Found experience, participation-wise, the more you’ll get out of it. Feel free to ask questions, touch things, engage with your surroundings. If a performer tries to interact with you and you’re into it, try responding and see what happens. A general rule do what you want, as long as you’re respecting your own boundaries, as well as those of the people around you. If you’re not interrupting the piece with your participation, that’s a plus too. A good rule is to have fun, but use your common sense.
This TEC (Theatre Engaging Communities) project was made possible through the financial support of the National Theatre School of Canada (www.ent-nts.ca).
The Found Festival is supported by the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton