April 15 is the deadline for applications for your collaborative arts, dance arts, dramatic arts, film & video arts, literary arts, music arts, and visual arts project, workshop, or seminar. The earlier you submit your application, the better.
May 5 & 6 are the final days for reviews and auditions of project proposals.
July 27, 28, 29: The festival will open on Friday evening, and run through Saturday and Sunday,.
Who can apply:
You must be from the Tri-Cities area, and unless you're offering a seminar or workshop, you must be 13 to 18 years of age.
Mainstage performance guidelines:
1. Dramatic performances: 30 minutes maximum, including setting, performing, and striking your set.
2. Dances: 15 minutes maximum, including setting, performing, and striking your set.
3. Spoken-word performances: 15 minutes maximum.
4. Musical performances: Bands with electrically amplified instruments: 30 minutes maximum, including setup and takedown. Groups and Bands with non-electric instruments: 25 minutes maximum. Soloists and Acappella groups: 20 minutes maximum.
Time limits may be adjusted to create greater flexibility and customization as the festival schedule is developed.
Drama/Dance/Spoken-word: Basic light/sound only please. No bulky, heavy sets. Aim for very, very simple “black box” presentational techniques.
Band with electrically amplified instruments: You will use backline equipment that remains in place, so as to speed up transitions. You’ll be playing your own instruments.
If a project, workshop, or seminar requires specialized technical equipment such as computers, monitors, projectors, cables, special lighting and sound equipment, etc., the individual or group submitting the project must provide, set up, and operate the equipment.
Performances in non-traditional performing areas
You may apply to perform somewhere other than the mainstage, or we may assign you to a non-traditional area. We will do our best to provide safe, flexible performance areas both inside and outside the civic centre. The amount of time you could occupy a non-traditional area depends on your project. Keep your technical requirements extremely simple.
Visual arts guidelines (including photography, film & video):
Your submissions must be capable of being safely displayed. Very large projects may not gain admission due to space limitations. Visual artwork will be displayed in various areas throughout the civic centre. Artwork requiring computers, projectors, monitors, or other complex technical support will only gain admission if the artist can provide, install, and operate the required technical equipment.
Literary arts guidelines
Writers may submit any sort of writing for static table-top or wall-mounted display or for spoken-word performances. If writers wish to display their work electronically, they will be required to use their own equipment.
Workshops and seminars
Anyone of any age can offer to lead a workshop or seminar on any aspect of literary arts, visual arts, and performing arts. You select the topic and the approach you'd like to take. We'll give you a one-hour time slot in a suitable location for your offering. As with the performances, we ask that you keep the technical requirements as simple as possible. If your require more than one hour, you can apply for extra time.
How to apply:
Fill out our online application form
When we receive your application:
We will start an ongoing conversation about your project. We want you to succeed, and we will do what we can to help you. Final reviews, auditions, and selection of projects will take place on May 5 and 6.
Please see our guidelines for specific art forms for further clarification