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SkirtsAfire 2016 is just around the corner. Our festival headquarters are buzzing with excitement as we put the final touches on four jam-packed days of festival fun featuring fierce female artists. Stay tuned - the festival schedule, artist profiles, and more juicy details to come soon! 

Sneak Peeks

Here are just a few sneak peeks of what to expect at SkirtsAfire, herArts Festival 2016!

A Tease of New plays

Satisfy your passion for new work and catch a glimpse of the Edmonton Theatre scene’s next hottest thing! This tease of new plays, presented in partnership with the Alberta Playwrights’ Network, introduces a selection of readings from four exciting new plays by four local female playwrights. 

Fifty First Dates by Mari Chartier

The Annotated Autobiography of Leone McGregor by Savanna Harvey

Riverkeeper by Katherine Koller

Pearls and Perils on the Chilkoot Trail by Linda Wood Edwards

Sunday, March 13 | 3:00pm | The Nina Haggerty Gallery

Want to be a featuring Peep Show playwright? Save the date! Our annual deadline for submissions of new plays is November 1st.


Peep Show 2015 | SkirtsAfire, herArts Festival


From Peep Show to Peep Show Unleashed. Wellspring was chosen to be a part of the 2015 Peep Show, a tease of new plays co-presented with the Alberta Playwrights’ Network.

SkirtsAfire is pleased to bring Wellspring to its next stage of development in a Staged Reading for SkirtsAfire 2016.

Wellspring by Leslea Kroll

Wellspring is the story of three women - Bernadette, Rita and Gabby - impacted by the effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in their small town. Wellspring has been made possible with the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Saturday, March 12 | 7:00 pm | The Nina Haggerty Gallery

A Place for Prose: A Sattelite Salon

Hosted by local writers Astrid Blodgett and Audrey Whitson, the salon is a feast of writing and visual art, food and drink. This International Women’s Day, Audrey and Astrid bring you A Place for Prose: Satellite Salon in the heart of Alberta Ave in the Nina Gallery, with four women who make their experience the subject matter of their art. Featuring: Alma Mancilla, Conni Massing, Audrey Whitson, and Elsa Robinson. 

Saturday, March 12 | 3:00pm | The Nina Haggerty Gallery

The Changing Room Installation

By Mary Joyce

We saw Mary Joyce’s work at SkirtsAfire 2014 and now she has a beautiful new show at The Armoury. We encourage you to go see it in honour of Eating Disorder Week.

This exhibition arouses understanding and compassion for persons who struggle against food related compulsions, body dissatisfaction and weight change behaviours, aiming to alert families, and encourage them to seek help early. 

Come and see it at the Edmonton Prince of Whales Armoury Heritage Centre, Mezzanine Art Wall, 10440-108 Ave, Edmonton

You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down Film Fest

Another great festival happening in conjunction with International Women’s Day! You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down is a three-evening curated film festival, produced in partnership with the Metro Garneau Theatre.

Its aim is to promote women in the same spirit as the mandate of International Women’s Day, through art and activism. This festival highlights creativity, resiliency and advocacy. Films are about the challenges women have faced in the march toward equality. 

Give a little, help a lot.

SkirtsAfire, herArts Festival is grateful for the ongoing support of our community. Please consider supporting us as you make your charitable donations throughout the year. As a registered charitable organization, we provide 100% charitable tax receipts for all donations of $20 or more.

We offer three levels of sponsorship: 

Denim Skirt ($20 to $49): Where fun meets function! This comfortable donation allows you to give a little, but help a lot! In return, you will receive a charitable tax receipt & listing in the program!

Mini-Skirt ($50 to $99): Sassy and empowering! This bold donation will help provide a wage for one artist. In return, you will receive a charitable tax receipt, listing in the program & two free popcorn vouchers!

Poofy Skirt ($100 to $250): You make big choices, and you want the world to know it! This is so much more than just layers of crinoline - your donation will help offset venue costs, support our technical team, and allow us to bring in larger artistic acts. In return, you will receive a charitable tax receipt, listing in the program and on the website, and four free popcorn vouchers!

Donating is just a click away! Donate on our website using Pay Pal. Thank you for your support!

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