The ArtsEverywhere Festival: now in spring!

The 2024 ArtsEverywhere Festival is set to begin on May 2nd with a four day celebration of impactful artistic practice from around the world. Artists from the Mexican border, Nunavut, the Philippines, and Ontario are coming to Guelph to share their work and spark conversations.

The latest edition of The Guelph Lecture—On Being will challenge the way we orient ourselves to the environment and to each other through stories, ideas, performance and song.

The keynote lecture will be delivered by Nora Bateson, an award-winning Swedish filmmaker, artist, lecturer, and author whose work studies the interconnection of ecology of living systems through biology, cognition, art, anthropology, psychology, and technology. Following the keynote, performance art band Ikumagialiit will take the stage, featuring award-winning artists Christine Tootoo, Cris Derksen and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory. Tickets are available now.

A grid collage of 16 photographs of everyday objects against a black backdrop

Monica Lozano, What Remains (2019). Digital Photograph

The festival itself will open on Thursday evening with a panel conversation at the Art Gallery of Guelph to celebrate the opening of an exhibition addressing Mexican border migration by collective What Remains. Saturday afternoon will feature three book launches curated by Taqralik Partridge. The three emerging Inuit authors—Aedan Corey, Janice Grey, and Emily Laurent Henderson will be reading from their new works published by PS Guelph. That evening at the River Run Centre we will be welcoming Moneka Arabic Jazz back to Guelph to perform their Iraqi melodies over African grooves and rhythm. Opening for them will be accomplished singer/songwriter Lacey Hill from Six Nations.

A person sits crosslegged on a large rock with a colourful array of triangles behind them.

Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros (poster detail)

Sunday at the festival will be devoted to exploring and experiencing sound healing practices from multiple perspectives and diverse media. Artist and composer Anne Bourne (Toronto) will be joined by vocalists Rosary Spence (Toronto/Fort Albany FN) and Anjeline de Dios (Manila) to discuss their research, healing practices, and sonic experiments. This panel conversation will be complemented with workshops, a film screening and Q&A for Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros, and a live performance of Anne Bourne with Ajay Heble and Joe Sorbara at ImprovLab.

Full festival details and workshop registration links can be found on our website. Most events are free and feature ASL interpretation and live transcription. The festival places priority on belonging and safety, extending our reach to community partners in their understanding of inclusion and equity.