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Call for Pop-Ups: HOLD FAST 2024

Eastern Edge is seeking proposals for Workshops & Pop-Up Performances to be presented as part of the 2024 HOLD FAST Contemporary Arts Festival!

Presenters will receive a $200 honorarium, with preference given to local artists and collectives. Workshop leaders will receive up to $100 in material reimbursements, with receipts.

Deadline: July 7, 2024, 11:59pm
Festival Dates:
August 20-24, 2024

We are accepting applications via google form.

About Pop-Ups

We are accepting proposals for workshops and pop-up performances. Performances will take place during Art Crawl, the afternoon of Saturday, August 24. Workshops will be scheduled earlier in the week (August 20-23). All selected presenters will receive a $200 honorarium, with preference given to local artists and collectives. Workshop leaders will receive up to $100 in material reimbursements, with receipts.

Successful proposals are engaging to the public, interactive, well-planned, and realistic in scope. Hosting a workshop or a pop-up is an excellent way to become a part of HOLD FAST, publicize your work, and help celebrate the vibrant creativity that makes our community special.

HOLD FAST can provide support with venues, advertising, and (in some cases) logistics. However, priority is given to applicants who can provide for most of their own needs!

About HOLD FAST Festival 

Our core values are:
  • Facilitating community engagement and meaningful exchange
  • Increasing public arts literacy
  • Creating opportunities for artists
  • Critiquing and subverting structural oppressions & systems of power, with emphasis on:
    • queer, feminist, and anti-racist perspectives;
    • Newfoundland and Labrador regional identity;
    • Indigenous resistance to colonialism
HOLD FAST culminates in a Saturday afternoon Art Crawl, a series of performances, installations, and interactive pop-ups staged outdoors and in non-gallery venues across downtown St. John’s. Past programming has included performances, interactive installations, workshops, dance, drag, burlesque, and free community events for people of all ages.

Submissions accepted until July 7, 2024.

Questions? Contact us at:

Click here to start an application!