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HOLD FAST is a four day celebration of contemporary art practice in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, an evolution of the previous 24 Hour Art Marathon. HOLD FAST is St. John’s only festival dedicated to contemporary art and is the longest running festival in the province. HOLD FAST delivers accessible, meaningful and critically-relevant contemporary art programming across an array of media including: installation, performance, screenings, artist talks, dance, community events and artist-led workshops for people of all ages.

HOLD FAST would like to acknowledge the First Peoples; Mi’kmaq, Beothuk, Innu, and Inuit, of these lands, Ktaqmkuk, Nitassinan, Nunatsiavut, and NunatuKavut, that we live, work, and create upon. HOLD FAST recognizes and supports the rights of Indigenous communities in their efforts towards an Indigenous sovereignty and reclamation of stolen voices across Turtle Island. We see, hear, and admire your powerful work. Thank you for allowing us the privilege to work alongside you.

HOLD FAST 2022 Call for Pop-Up Projects is now live!

We are seeking pop-up proposals from local artists, businesses, nonprofits, and collectives. Hosting a pop-up is an excellent way to become a part of HOLD FAST, publicize your work, and help celebrate the creative diversity that makes our community special.

Successful pop-ups are entertaining/engaging to the public, well thought-out, feasible and realistic in scope. HOLD FAST can provide support with venues, advertising, and logistics. However, priority is given to applicants who can take initiative to provide for their own needs!

To apply for a pop-up please fill out this Google Form!


Upcoming Events/Programming:
Garage Sale Fundraiser, July 15 & 16, 2022
HALF HAM … coming soon, August 6th, 2022

For HOLD FAST updates, please follow our website and social media: || || @holdfastfestival