SkirtsAfire Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival featuring the work of women. SkirtsAfire takes place in conjunction with International Women’s Day 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.


Submissions are now closed for SkirtsAfire 2019. As we headed into our seventh year, six designers were chosen to compete in the competition by designing a Skirt made of found and up-cycled materials. Designs incorporated the theme of “Me, My Skirt & I” which fit into 2019’s Festival Theme, “Identity.” We looked forward to seeing all interpretations of this theme on the runway at our Media Launch on March 4, where the winning Skirt was crowned the Official Festival Skirt. The top three designs were also awarded cash prizes. All six designs were displayed in our Cabaret Theatre Skirt Gallery in the Alberta Avenue Community League for the duration of the festival, March 7-17, 2019. 

Call for submissions for 2020’s competition will open in fall 2019.

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From left to right: 3rd place “Human Heart” by Fakhra Abrar, 1st place “Tip Toeing Through Pansies” by David Cameron, “Confessions of a Shopoholic” by Treasa Webb, “Rurally Gentrified” by Kelly Johner, 2nd place “My River” by Jane Kline, “She Sails” by Kim Neeser. Photo by Gallican Buki.