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Phénomena Festival 2018 — Call for Projects

Monday, December 4, 2017
  • Deadline: February 1, 2018
  • Theme: Visual Theatre

Phénomena is a bilingual interdisciplinary festival that seeks to highlight innovative, extravagant, and unclassifiable artists. The Festival presents cabarets, whimsical and theatrical acts, performances with projections, happenings, performative dance, installations, and poetic events. Phénomena’s 7th edition will be held October 12—26, 2018.

Guided by experimentation and risk-taking, Phénomena is interested in either emerging or established artists with a very personal approach, as well as in independent and nonconformist companies. We offer a platform to artists who are rigorous and introspective, those who take risks. We seek to present poetic and atypical hybrid creations that provide moving, authentic performances.

Phénomena 2017 — Excerpts

To pay tribute to Phénomena artists, many of whom invest a great deal in their projects, we modify our schedule in an attempt to present certain shows for more than one performance. We will of course present several “one night stands”, including the renowned Cabaret DADA. We will also host a 12-hour happening that will occupy ALL the rooms of the magnificent Rialto Theatre.

Faithful to its mission, Phénomena is interested in presenting diverse artists, including First Nations, People of Color, LGBTQQIP2SAA [*], or persons with disabilities. Unfortunately La Sala Rossa is difficult to access for people with reduced mobility, but we have access to other venues. Feel free to share your ideas or suggestions.

Your proposal must include a CV or description of your company along with a project description (2 pages maximum), the context you are envisaging, a list of resources already secured, and links to photos and videos illustrating your work. We also want to know what motivates you to apply for Phénomena. We are driven by an artistic mission and seek projects that are in line with this mission that will help the Festival evolve. Projects may be written in French or English and performed in any language. Note: Think about your project, but think of us, too. Convert all documents to PDF files and attach all photos in JPEG format (1MB maximum).

Send your completed proposal by February 1, 2018 to artistic director D. Kimm at

What about the Parade Phénomenale???!!!

The Parade, which took place on October 8, was a resounding success. In fact, it was so grandiose, magical, and poetic that we will do it again. However, the preparation required such an enormous effort that the Parade Phénoménale will henceforth be a biennial event: its next edition will take place in October 2019. But rest assured we are already working on it and are looking for groups, collectives, organizations, or cooperatives interested in preparing a cortege. If interested, contact D. Kimm at

* The acronym LGBTQQIP2SAA stands for: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, pansexual, two-spirited, asexual, and allies