SkirtsAfire Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival featuring the work of women. SkirtsAfire takes place on Alberta Avenue in conjunction with International Women’s Day in early March each year. We produce and present passionate, provocative, moving and entertaining performances, exhibits and workshops. 

The first skirt was designed and built for the Festival in 2013 and was worn by Cultural Minister Heather Klimchuk as the Honorary Skirt. It became the Official Festival Skirt that year, and was proudly featured in the Nina Art Gallery for the duration of the programming. In 2014, we opened up the Official Festival Skirt design as a competition in order to expand and allow for the ability to showcase more than one designer each year.

We value diversity in the women we represent and therefore welcome women artists of all diverse backgrounds including trans women, self-identifying women, the LGBTQ2 community, all ethnicities and all abilities.

Each year, six designers will be chosen to compete in the competition by designing a Skirt made of found and up-cycled materials, in the chosen theme. 

The top six Skirts will be presented in a runway style display at the festival Media Launch, where the winning Skirt will be crowned as the Official Festival Skirt. The top three designs will also be awarded cash prizes. All six designs will be displayed in our Cabaret Theatre Skirt Gallery in the Alberta Avenue Community League for the duration of the festival.

We have chosen the designers for the 2018 festival, so be sure to check back in fall 2018 to apply for 2019’s festival!

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