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Deadline: Friday September 13, 2019

We are currently seeking proposals for the 2020 Rhubarb Festival (Festival Dates: February 12 – 22, 2020). The Rhubarb Festival provides artists with space and support to create new works that are strange, pushing the edges, risky and challenging. Selected projects will be featured during the festival and will receive technical, production, promotional, and artistic support. In addition to an honorarium, Festival artists also receive an unlimited artist pass, allowing them to see work for free by local, national, and international artists in our programme.

All applications must be submitted through our online system using the link below. Please read and review the full call for submissions and application guidelines pdf before applying – click here to download the call for submissions + application guidelines.

General Programming
Rhubarb seeks proposals for new, not previously produced performance projects and experiments. Rhubarb is a space for imagination and for pushing boundaries: your own, your audiences’, and those of your artistic practice. We are looking for proposals by artists who want to explore and expand – projects that fight the normative, projects that ask big questions, and forms that ask and dream the impossible. Submissions are encouraged from both established and emerging creators. Projects in the General Programming category should run 25 minutes in length. Rhubarb encourages submissions from a wide variety of live artistic mediums with a focus on experimentation. These forms can include but are not limited to Theatre, Performance Art, Dance, Music, and Interdisciplinary or Hybrid forms.

Special Presentations
At Rhubarb, we pride ourselves in being open and malleable to new artistic practices and forms. Do you have a project that you feel doesn’t fit within our General Programming constraints? Does it need a specific space or time constraint that you don’t think is currently available to you at our Festival? The Special Presentations call is for work that doesn’t fit, work that wants to bust open the containers of the Festival and surprise us in new ways that you don’t think we’ve thought of before. Special Projects could be but are by no means limited to Late Night Cabaret Presentations, Site-Specific Work, Durational Work, Installation Projects, One-to-One Performance Projects, Multimedia Experiments, Panel Discussions, Community-Driven Arts Projects, and One Night Performance Projects.

Reading Fee
There is a $20 Reading Fee paid by credit card upon submission of application. Alternatively, the reading fee can be paid by cheque or money order made out to BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES THEATRE. Please bring/send payment to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street Toronto ON M4Y 1B4. If the fee is a barrier to applying, please write to by September 6, 2019.

If you have any questions about the Festival or your application, prefer alternate methods of submission (different languages, recorded video/audio, etc.) or need support to complete your application, please contact:

Clayton Lee // Festival Director


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