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, March 7-17, 2019. 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 head 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 must incorporate the theme of “Me, My Skirt & I” which fits into 2019’s Festival Theme, “Identity.” We look forward to seeing all interpretations of this theme on the runway at our Media Launch on March 4, where the winning Skirt will be crowned 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, March 7-17, 2019. Be sure to come see the designs for yourself!

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

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