I’ve been asked once again to host this year’s Contact East event in St. John’s NFLD! Always a blast. I’m looking forward to once again being blown away with the amazingness of what Atlantic Canada has to offer as far as artistic talent goes.
Each year Contact East brings the very best of Atlantic Canadian talent, in theatre, music, and dance, to gather and showcase their work for regional, national and international buyers in attendance. This year Contact East 2013 marks the event’s 22nd edition.
Contact East 2013 will be held in St. John’s, NL from September 26 to September 29. The event brings together artists and presenters to facilitate the number and diversity of performing arts activities in Canada and on international stages. It will involve four days of formal showcase events, primarily music, dance and theatre; Contact Rooms where artists, agents and presenters can interact to discuss availability, venues and other performing arts issues; and a variety of workshops, clinics and round table discussions, which are relevant to the industry’s affairs.
It is an opportunity for those who present live entertainment throughout the Atlantic Provinces, to get together and discuss their particular ideas and concerns. Contact East 2013 will provide an unprecedented opportunity to network with, and to learn from, some of the best presenters in the business from the Atlantic Provinces, across Canada, and internationally. It will also be a great weekend for all lovers of theatre, music, and dance, with 39 artists showcasing their talents.
Contact East 2013 also presents an important opportunity for emerging arts professionals, artists and to the hosting community. Since 2010, Contact East has served as the site of the Atlantic Presenters Mentorship Program that provides emerging arts professionals and artists with the opportunity to network and learn from the best in the field. The 2010 also marked the beginning of Contact East’s outreach projects, pairing showcasing artists with existing community groups. A tremendous success, Contact East is proud to provide these opportunities to the St. John’s community in September!