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Peterborough Youth Arts Festival

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A day-long celebration of young artists
Dance, photography, spoken word, theatre, music, and much more...
Saturday, May 5th, 2018 - Doors open at 1pm
PACE at PCVS, 201 McDonnell St, Peterborough, ON

Info For Students:

Dear Student,

Announcing the first ever Peterborough Youth Arts festival! Do you draw? Act? Sing? Design? Film? Art is not only a fun way to express yourself, but also a way to develop a sense of community and entrepreneurship.

However, in Peterborough it’s really hard to go far with it as a kid. Apart from high school courses and participating in adult-run projects, we aren’t given many opportunities to do it ourselves. This causes two main problems:

  1. Kids don’t learn how to put themselves out there and don’t develop confidence
  2. Adults don’t know how talented we are!

This festival strives to change that. It is run by a group of 9 talented young artists who have put their art out into the community, and want to help you do the same. During National Youth Week, on the 5th and 6th of May, we will be presenting and displaying as many acts as we can to show the community the next generation of artists.

So how can you apply? Send us an email at and tell us about yourself and your talents. We are currently accepting art from 7 disciplines:

  • Visual Art
  • Performance (i.e. skits, improv, comedy, monologues, ventriloquism, etc.)
  • Dance
  • Video/Photography
  • Writing
  • Music
  • Fashion

 You’ll be connected with the member of our group that specializes in your discipline and then you can send them the piece you wish to have in the festival. (If you have any questions on how to send your pieces digitally, just ask!)

Submission Guidelines:

  • We are accepting submissions from artists in grades 7-12
  • We encourage you to make as much of the art as possible developed by youth (e.g. for a short film having it written/ filmed/ edited all by young people) however covering songs written by an adult is still accepted
  • Music, video, performance and dance acts should not be longer than 20 minutes
  • You may submit art with mature content, such as foul language and political issues, as long as it is not hateful
  • Writing pieces should not exceed 4 pages at size 11 font (approx. 2,000 words)
  • For further questions, email us at

We will go through all the entries and select as many as possible to fit into the timeframe and get in touch with you by April 20th.

We look forward to seeing your incredible talents!

Info For Teachers:

Dear Teacher,

Coming this May, a new opportunity for young artists in Peterborough!

As you may know, art is driven by adults and whenever youth want to participate they have to try and be a part of whatever projects are being developed for them. While this is appreciated, it does little to develop young people’s confidence, skills and entrepreneurship. It also prevents everyone from enjoying the full range of talent that young people have.

Our new festival intends to address all that.

The Peterborough Youth Arts Festival is run by a steering committee of youth who have experience in the arts and want to encourage other young people to develop their skills. It will take place as part of National Youth Week, on Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th in May. We will have performances and displays of art from 7 disciplines: writing, photography, visual art, performance, music, fashion and dance.

We are working in partnership with the Peterborough Youth Council, Art for Awareness, and the Downtown Business Improvement Area. We will also be adding more partners in the media and local business as we get closer to May.

Students can submit their art by emailing and they may direct any questions there as well. For more information, please contact us by email.

I hope that your students take advantage of this opportunity and are inspired to create projects of their own. We are excited to see what they come up with.