Call for submissions

Call for Submissions: 13th Annual Antigonight: Art After Dark Festival

Festival dates: September 16 & 17, 2022

Deadline to apply: June 27

Selection notification: July 10

Application Form: Follow this LINK

About the Festival:

Antigonight: Art After Dark Festival is a free arts festival that aims to be inclusive and accessible to all persons. This year, the festival runs from September 16th -17th in Antigonish, L’nuewa’ki (Mi’kma’ki)/Nova Scotia. 

Since its inception in 2010, Antigonight: Art After Dark has been Antigonish Culture Alive’s most recognizable and popular outdoor, public art event. The festival provides an opportunity for artists to display their work and become known within the community and give the community the chance to interact with contemporary art spanning multiple mediums, such as dance, theatre, music, sound art, and installation art.

Festival Application:

We are inviting artists from anywhere in the world who have roots in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada to create experimental new works for the festival, including but not limited to: video, performance, dance, sound, sculpture, and installation, which can be presented in-person in the town of Antigonish. The heart of Antigonight is that all projects are interactive and/or participatory in nature, the selection committee will prioritize projects that have a participatory component, as stated in our mission statement. 

Participating Antigonight artists will receive CARFAC-mandated artist fees in payment for their work. We strongly encourage members of LGBTQIA2+ communities, BIPOC and non-White communities, newcomers, and persons with disabilities to apply. 

2022 Theme:

The theme for this year’s festival is RURALITY,  a back to the roots approach to Antigonight celebrating the community-minded aspect of rural Nova Scotia and the artists who make this region home. This festival is a celebration of all things small, simple, familiar, and rural.

Key thematic elements:

  • Familiarity
  • Rejection of urbanism
  • Environmentalism/sustainability
  • Community
  • Closeness
  • Shared histories
  • Regional newcomers
  • Homecoming
  • Rural resourcefulness

The Artistic Director, Becca Semple, is available to chat via email or telephone regarding your projects. If you’re unsure how your idea could fit within the festival, reach out and we can brainstorm together! They can be reached at 

If you have any questions regarding the festival or your application, please email 

antigonight '22 team


Becca Semple (@bex.becs) is a curator, arts educator and facilitator currently based in K'jipuktuk/Halifax. They have a passion for art, history, and plants, and love to work with projects which allow for an intersection of these passions. They have been involved with Antigonight for the past seven seasons, as volunteer, summer student, Arts Coordinator for ACA, and now Artistic Director! Becs completed their undergrad at StFX in History and Art History, and completed a Masters in Art History with a concurrent GDip in Curatorial Studies from Carleton University. They have held curatorial and education roles both as staff and intern at the National Gallery of Canada and Carleton University Art Gallery, and their most recent curatorial project closed this past fall at Dalhousie Art Gallery. Becs is excited to be back in their hometown of Antigonish bringing art to the community at large!



Carissa Ainslie (she/her) is a Queer maker, writer, community arts organizer and graduate of OCAD University’s Material Art and Design: Fibre program. A member of the Feminist Art Collective (FAC), she is also the founder of the Made by Feminists makers market, and was coordinator of the March 2020 Feminist Art Festival. This event showcased multidisciplinary work from over 75 Canadian and international artists in addition to three days of programming. It was through FAC that she realized her love of fostering creative community partnerships, and supporting artists by providing platforms for their work and development. She sat on the board of directors for East End Arts, a local arts service organization, where she witnessed the importance of community level access to, and support for, the arts. Carissa is beyond excited to be home in Mi’kma’ki/Nova Scotia after being away for almost twelve years, and to be a part of such an amazing community arts event!