SkirtsAfire Festival is a theatre and multidisciplinary arts festival that features the work and creations of women-identifying and non-binary artists in Edmonton. SkirtsAfire creates a platform for the stories of Canadian Women to be shared via theatre, music, dance, visual art, comedy, spoken word, and more. The festival is a place where artists and enthusiasts come together to experience entertaining performances and thought provoking exhibits. SkirtsAfire is heading into its ninth year after its debut in 2013. Celebrating more than 100 artists annually and reaching over 5000 audience members in the last 2 incarnations, this festival continues to grow year after year.

New for 2021, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have minimized our programming and venues in order to ensure our health and safety protocols are well monitored and executed. We are excited to be returning to the Westbury Theatre in the ATB Financial Arts Barns as our main venue, where our Skirt Designs will be featured in the lobby.

The first skirt was designed and built for the Festival in 2013. 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, non-binary people, the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, all ethnicities, and all abilities.

Submissions

As we head into our ninth year, we are looking for six designers to be featured in our Skirts Installation at the 2021 SkirtsAfire Festival. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Skirts in Isolation’ and all skirts must be constructed from found up-cycled materials. The six chosen designers will compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. All six skirts will be displayed for the duration of the festival in the Westbury Theatre Lobby, March 4-14, 2021. Please read the Design Competition Guidelines before applying. Deadline to apply is November 30, 2020. The six finalists will be notified on December 7, 2020. Each of the 6 chosen finalists must then execute their skirts and submit a photo of the completed skirt to the Competition Coordinator no later than February 26, 2021. Judging will take place for the duration of the festival by public vote, with the Winning Skirts announced at the conclusion.

Deadline to apply is November 30, 2020. The six finalists will be notified on December 7, 2020.

Skirt Design Competition Guidelines and Application 2021

Please fill out the above application and return to skirtdesign@skirtsafire.com by November 30, 2020.

Questions? Please contact skirtdesign@skirtsafire.com.

 

2019’s Skirt Designs by (from left to right) Fakhra Abrar, David Cameron, Treasa Webb, Kelly Johner, Jane Kline and Kim Neeser. Photo by Gallican Buki.

“Sustenance” by Amanda Brown, Skirt Design Competition 2018 Winner. Photo by April MacDonald Killins.

“Sustenance” by Amanda Brown, Skirt Design Competition 2018 Winner. Photo by April MacDonald Killins.

2018’s Skirt Designs by (from left to right) Melissa Squire, Lorraine Dezman, Caroline Amaral, Kim Neeser and Karin Lauderdale. Photos by April MacDonald Killins.

2017 Skirt Design Competition Winner, "The Shape of Me," designed by Jane Kline. Photography by Keanna Hiebert.

“The Shape of Me” by Jane Kline, Skirt Design Competition 2017 Winner. Photo by Keanna Hiebert.