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About The STAND

When we first immigrated to Canada, we struggled a lot as immigrant artists from finding the right resources and grant opportunities to share our stories and voices with the community. This Festival directly benefits multiple communities and is the beginning of an innovative new partnership model between established and emerging theatre creators. It will create a shortcut for immigrant and refugee artists to become familiar with the art industry, connect to other artists, and move on to create their artwork.
The STAND festival (Strength Through Art Network Diversity) runs from Nov 01 -07 each year. This hybrid Festival takes place at the Presentation House Theatre venue in North Vancouver. STAND presents works by immigrant and refugee artists focusing on addressing social issues concerning race, class, and gender. This Festival is co-produced by Blackout Art Society and Presentation House Theatre.
The purpose of the STAND festival is trifold: 

  • to create a platform for new immigrant and refugee artists to develop their ideas

  • to prepare these artists to be independent in their artistic path through mentorship and design knowledge-sharing workshops

  • to showcase their work to a broader public. 

What Does 'Immigrant and Refugee Artist' Mean for the STAND?

Any artist:

  • In any level of professionalism

  • At any age

  • With status of Canadian citizen, permanent resident or refugee with work permit

  • Belongs to the visible minority population

According to census Canada, visible minorities include: Chinese, South Asian, Black, Filipino, Latin American, Southeast Asian, Arab, West Asian, Japanese, Korean, and Pacific Island residents. 

Shadow Show
Mime Artists

STAND 2022 Artists Call-Out

You are an immigrant/refugee artist?
Keen to be a part of the STAND Festival in 2022? 
We have an open artist call-out running until 5 pm PST, Tuesday 31 May.
Our programming shifts yearly in terms of content and format, but we can tell you that we will be accepting applications for the below disciplines for the STAND 2022:

  •  Performances

  •  Dance

  •  Music

Please use this link and answer the application questions,and tell us about yourself in your own words in your application, even if you think we know you and what you do. You know yourself best, so 

  • Tell us about your strengths

  • Describe topics and themes that you specifically have something valuable to contribute to

  • Try something different, or build your skills in an area you're not yet super confident in

 What STAND Provides for Artists

  • A stand-alone performance in Presentation House Theatre's venue

  • Technical director and lighting designer

  • Live stream coverage if needed

  • Box office ticketing support and Front-of-House staff

  • Basic Publicity

  • 70% of net box office revenues

The festival administration will not cover accommodation, food, transport within the city and travel cost for artists.

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