Featuring more than 50 events over 11 days, Nextfest is Edmonton’s emerging arts festival. It is the voice of the next generation. It is a 19-year creative force in the making. We develop, create and showcase the bold voices of more than 600 young artists. Headquartered out of The Roxy Theatre on 124th Street, Nextfest is an exuberant festival curated on the principles of youth, creativity and newness.
Catch the Keys Productions’ Nextfest Nite Clubs take over The Artery again this year with a series of three late night multidisciplinary performance parties. 18+.
Rise Up!: Take Back the Mic
Saturday, June 7 at 9pm
featuring the inaugural Take Back the Mic Slam and Jacques Arsenault
Gather up the critics, the cynics, the mystics, the mavericks, the beatnicks: this is your manifesto, so manifest your destiny. Rise up, and take back the mic. Twelve emerging poets compete in a three-round elimination for a $500 prize.
Brought to you in collaboration with Breath in Poetry.
Fright Nite Club
Friday, June 13 at 9pm
featuring Hello Moth
Up for a little scare? Feel that old witch Fear walk her boney fingers the length of your spine, force your hairs to stand on end. This is the stuff nightmares are made of. But don’t worry, we’ll take care of you.
The 7th Annual SMUT Cabaret
Saturday, June 14 at 9pm
featuring Mark Mills
Nextfest’s most outrageous one night stand leaves you begging for more. Your SMUT Cabaret is all things sex, excess, gender-bending and over the top. Come-hither costumes (or lack-thereof) encouraged.