StArt Festival

Our team recognizes that we operate on unceeded and unsurrendered territory of the Mi'Kmaq peoples and we acknowledge the significant foundations of the infrastructure and culture of black and afro centric communities has played a part in building this province and country. 

StART Festival is a festival that gives opportunities to those who are just starting their career as an artists, or getting back into doing what you love as an artist. Our main focus is creating a platform for marginalized and unheard voices in the art world. Whether it is music, visual art, fashion, theatre or film. The festival is a initiative under the Bus Stop Theatre Co-operative that supports emerging artists of all disciplines . Based out of K’jipuktuk, Nova Scotia, StART Festival works to encourage and empower artists with the skills, networks, and resolve necessary to pursue their chosen vocation. We coordinate an annual festival along with facilitate discussions, workshops and youth mentorship programs. 

StART gives emerging artists an opportunity to present and discuss their work.  StART supports artists by connecting them to resources needed to successfully showcase their art to a new public audience. We help create connections between emerging with established artists and community members. Our Team is made up of volunteers, staff and a yearly selected jury of highly influenced mentors in the community. Submissions are opened to the public to emerging artists of all ages. 

StART Festival encourages emerging artists to join us at any stage in their artistic process through mentorships, workshops and panel discussions. All events from the festival are $5 or pay what you can all proceeds go to helping to pay the artists that showcase and event staff.