The StART Festival is seeking submissions by emerging artists working in all artistic disciplines. This includes but is not limited to visual art, music, dance, film, theatre, fiction, sketch comedy, animation, spoken word poetry, and installation art. The work will be displayed, distributed, performed, or screened at the Bus Stop Theatre in either the black box theatre or the lobby space.

The Mentorship: The 2021 StART Festival program will include a 10-week mentorship and creation program concluding in a three-day collaborative showcase located in Kjipuktuk/Halifax Nova Scotia, hosted at The Bus Stop Theatre Co-op of the program’s participants.

This year the mentorship will have professional mentors in dance, music, film and fashion design. Each mentor will devote 40 hours over the summer months and early fall leading up to the Festival. We will be focusing on developing successful applicants artistic skills, collaboration with applicants in other art forms and creating a final show ready to present to the public.

  • Music applicants will receive a fully produced and mixed project to be released by the fall, and an opportunity to collaborate with a Juno award winning artist.
  • Dance applicants will receive a wide range of fundamental training in styles they’d like to learn, as well as an overview on how to create and teach their own classes.
  • Fashion design applicants will get a walkthrough on how to create, brand and promote their own fashion line from one of the most successful clothing line owners we have in the Province.
  • Film applicants will be trained in film theory and production leading up to the Festival. Capturing the Festival with their newly acquired skills as the final step in their mentorship, producing content for all applicants to add to their professional portfolio.


This will be the START Festival’s Eighth year. It will run from October 15th to October 17th at The Bus Stop Theatre.

The festival gives artists exposure to new audiences as well as the opportunity to meet likeminded peers working in other disciplines. Along with performances and exhibitions, this year’s festival also features a workshop and social events for participants.


While our eligibility criteria is pretty flexible, our mandate is to provide opportunities for emerging artists new to presenting their original work, and to connect them with resources – skills, space, and helping hands – that they may not otherwise have come by. If showing your work sounds like a thrilling next step, you’re in the right place.

We are particularly interested in helping artists that are students in some sense, whether they are enrolled in a college or university program, engaged in an apprenticeship, or participants in a less formal training program.

We will be accepting applicants from marginalized and underrepresented voices in our local arts sector. Whether it’s music, visual art, dance, fashion design, theatre, or film we want you to apply!

Please note that support material (relevant to your particular medium) is required and should be emailed to

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out! We are happy to help participants with the application process.

Thank you for your submissions