Juvenis Festival returns with in-person events for 2022

Youth performing at a past Juvenis Festival. Image via Blue Canoe Theatrical.

Blue Canoe Theatrical Productions is gearing up for its first in-person Juvenis Festival in two years. The Juvenis Festival is an annual multidisciplinary youth arts festival that takes place over National Youth Week.

This year, Juvenis will run from Wednesday, Apr. 27 to Saturday, May 7, 2022, with 8 events, over 20 workshops, and nearly 100 youth participants, according to a release from Blue Canoe. All performances and exhibitions are produced entirely by youth ages 30 and under.

This festival gives young people an opportunity to act, sing, dance, perform, and showcase their artistic talents, as well as take free workshops and masterclasses to build on their interests and skills in the arts, according to the Juvenis website. Everyone involved in this festival is under the age of 30, including all paid staff positions and participants. While the workshops are only open to youth, organizers invite audience members of all ages to take in Juvenis productions and events.

Events and workshops will be taking place throughout the city with some online options available for those who wish to get involved from home, according to the release. The festival includes activities from a wide range of artistic disciplines including dance, writing, visual art, music, and film. Workshops are open to all skill and interest levels. For young people wanting to learn more about having a career in the arts, organizers said that the Arts Career Series offers a seminar every day of the festival and covers topics including finances for artists, arts entrepreneurship, navigating careers in the arts, and more.

National Youth Week (May 1 to 7) recognizes the invaluable contribution of youth, and Blue Canoe’s Juvenis Festival aims to empower young people and celebrate the artistic talent they bring to our community in Kingston, the organization stated.

“The opportunities Juvenis provides to young people are so important, especially right now,” said Tobias Partridge, director of Juvenis’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. “The Juvenis community allows its members to forge meaningful connections and develop skills they would never have the chance to otherwise.”

A full schedule of festival events is available on the Juvenis Festival website at http://www.juvenisfestival.ca/festival-schedule.php and tickets for all events can be found here: http://www.juvenisfestival.ca/Tickets.php

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