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About the Festival

We would like to first begin with an acknowledgement to 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 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. 

The enthusiasm and resilience of our art community has been evident over the past 20 years of our creative arts festival, and this milestone was celebrated with an ambitious roster of artists and extensive programming for the festival in 2019. This year marked a pivotal point in the trajectory of the Festival, as we honed our focus on creating resources for artistic growth, establishing new avenues for artistic collaboration, strengthening our existing community partnerships, and increasing overall accessibility.

 

The 2019  HOLD FAST Festival Crew

Executive Director, Philippa Jones

Assistant Director, Daniel Rumbolt

Gallery Assistant, Ashley Hemmings

HOLD FAST Festival Communications Assistant, Kevin Melanson

HOLD FAST Festival Assistant, Clea Christakos-Gee