Call for Projects — Phénomena 2021

[Image: Luc Beauchemin]
[Image: Luc Beauchemin]

10th Phenomena Festival: Recognition
October 12 to 22, 2021 in Montréal
Deadline: March 1st, 2021
Send your proposal written in French or English by email to Artistic Director D. Kimm at

Phenomena is a bilingual interdisciplinary festival that seeks to highlight innovative, unclassifiable and extravagant artists. The Festival presents cabarets, whimsical and theatrical acts, performances with projections, happenings, ambulatory performances, installations, and singular poetic events. The 10th edition of Phenomena will take place from the 12th to the 22nd of October 2021. Watch video excerpts of the most recent Phenomena edition.

The Festival’s roots are deeply anchored in exploration and risk-taking. Phénomena is interested in professional artists, either emerging or established, with a very personal approach, as well as in independent and nonconformist creation companies. We offer a platform to artists who are rigorous, take risks and challenge themselves. We present poetic and atypical hybrid creations that are also moving and authentic. A part of the programming has already been planned by the Artistic Director and the rest of the programming will be established based on this call for projects.

We are preparing our 10th anniversary! However, these uncertain times ask us to be cautious in planning our programming. The 2020 edition took place entirely online because of the pandemic. We were glad to reach audiences outside of Montréal and we will include some online productions in 2021. Yet we crave contact with our audiences, which is why we will propose productions for different venue capacities within the norms of physical distancing. We would like to present, among others, short-form performances, ambulatory performances and outdoor performances at atypical and peculiar locations in the Mile End and elsewhere. We are also hopeful to be able to present some performances at our headquarters, La Sala Rossa, even if for a reduced audience.

We are on the lookout for interdisciplinary creations that are past a “workshop phase”, but that have not necessarily been widely distributed. Given the uncertainty of how the pandemic will evolve, we will give priority to projects that can be adapted to different contexts: short-forms, ambulatory performances, outdoor performances, digital arts, installations, shows for reduced audiences, etc.

In keeping with the theme of Recognition, we are also looking for proposals that are based on the collaboration and the coming together of artists from different cultural backgrounds and/or generations. After such a long period of restrictions and broken dreams, we want to commemorate the Festival’s past ten years as well as celebrate the resilience and the resourcefulness of artists who kept alive their will to reach and connect with audiences.

Faithful to its mission, Phénomena is interested in presenting diverse artists, including Indigenous artists, People of Color, LGBTQ+, or persons with disabilities. Unfortunately La Sala Rossa is difficult to access for people with reduced mobility, but we are happy to work with other, more accessible venues. Feel free to share with us your ideas or suggestions.

We are open to receiving proposals from outside Québec; however, due to our modest budget, we ask international/out-of-province artists to mobilize resources and contribute to travel expenses.

Send us your proposal which must include:

  • CV or description of your company, contact person, city of residence;
  • Project description (2 pages maximum), including spatial and technical needs, confirmed collaborators, duration of performance, language(s) used in the performance, and a list of resources already secured, information on whether it is online or live or if both circumstances are possible;
  • Links to photos and videos illustrating your current and/or past work;
  • Production timeline.

We also want to know why your creation project should be presented at Phénomena in particular. We are driven by an artistic mission and seek projects that are in line with this mission and will also help the Festival evolve.