Night\Shift 2017 festival call for proposals


FacebookCover17 The submission window for the fifth annual instalment of Night\Shift Placehacking Festival is now closed .

The festival’s main event will happen on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 (the evening of the fall time change), from 7pm-2am, with lead-up programming on November 2nd & 3rd.

Night\Shift is seeking a broad range of submissions, including but not limited to visual and performing arts (projection, sculpture, installation, dance, music and sound art, whatever) and other interactive activities. Proposed projects should challenge festival-goers to reconsider the typical use, appearance or purpose of public or private spaces, and aim to provide an unconventional cultural experience that includes and engages a diverse audience at a free, all-ages event.

Night\Shift will provide selected applicants – whether artists, makers, hobbyists or inventors – with space to present their work and an audience to play with. Anyone with a great space-transforming idea to share should apply.

The festival intends to draw out hidden possibilities of downtown Kitchener’s built environment. Night\Shift 2017 will be concentrated in and around Ontario Street between King and Weber, Duke Street between Ontario and Frederick, and Goudies Lane.

NS17map Project locations for Night\Shift could include (but may or may not be limited to) retail environments and street-facing storefront windows within the area described above, or this recommended list of specific spots to consider:

Duke/Ontario parking garage booth area & adjacent parkette \\ Ontario St. (King to Duke) \\ Goudies Lane (Ontario to Queen) \\ Adventurers Guild Board Game Cafe & Tavern \\ Mercury Cafe \\ Apollo Cinema \\ J&P Grocery \\ Show & Tell (formerly StylFrugal) \\ Vogelsang Green \\ Bread Heads \\ St. Peters Lutheran Church \\ Zion Church \\ Jack Burger? \\ Monsieur Sub?

The exhibition is curated by Night\Shift’s Programming Committee.

Night\Shift pays project fees of up to $1000 CAD.

Submission Deadline: Friday June 30 2017


Selected contributing artists will be compensated for producing work or programming for NIGHT\SHIFT 2017. Payments of up to $1000 maximum, to cover both project expenses and artist fees, will be negotiated by the festival director with contributor(s), and will be paid after projects have been presented;

Artists or contributors do not need to provide their own insurance for this event;

Artists or contributors who are approved to participate in the 20176 festival can solicit their own sponsorship or corporate donations, but they must first obtain written endorsement from NIGHT\SHIFT before committing to any sponsorship recognition requirements;

NIGHT\SHIFT organizers and curators cannot assist artists from locations outside of Waterloo Region with travel or materials transportation expenses;

Please use the following naming convention for your attachment files: [artist surname]_[proposal title] (For example: Smith_LighteningStorm.jpg);

Submit mage files as .pdf, .jpg or .png only; video files should be .mov, .mpeg or .avi, and audio files should be .mp3 or .wav;