July 20th, 21st, 22nd 2020
The Summerside Arts Festival is about celebrating, promoting, and growing the city’s artistic and cultural community. It is about bringing awareness to the arts and establishing accessibility for all to enrich their lives with artistic connection that requires little commitment other than curiosity. It is about providing a stage for artists, artisans, musicians and more to showcase their work and talent, and personally interact with an audience. And most important of all it is simply about having fun, delighting the senses, and making interesting discoveries.
The festival had its beginnings in an outdoor multicultural concert in 2006. The following year the Arts in Motion Water Street demonstration and performance component was added. Then drawing on the heritage of the travelling Chautauqua movement that brought artistic entertainment to Summerside in the 1920s, the Chautauqua Entertainment Tent was introduced. The Arts in Motion – Chautauqua Festival was renamed the Summerside Arts Festival in 2018.
The festival continues to grow and evolve each year as the vibrancy and confidence of the arts community continues to blossom. Festival presenters, Wyatt Heritage Properties Inc. has drawn in the city’s entire cultural community to partner in presenting the festival, made possible through funding from the Government of Canada, the Government of Prince Edward Island and the City of Summerside.
** Please note: Program is subject to change and pending on funding
Come be part of the Summerside Arts Festival.
Let us share our artistic identity with you.
Summerside Art Festival Components
Street Demonstrations and Musical Performance - Arts in Motion
Historic Downtown Water Street 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Wherever you are coming from the sweet musical sound of the Four Gallants will lead you to the arts festival street demonstrations on downtown historic Water Street. Stroll along the sidewalk to meet the artists and artisans at work, and waiting to meet you. They will be eager to engage in conversation about their particular art field, but also about the importance of the arts in building creative fulfilling individual lives and vibrant communities. Some of them will invite you to have a seat and try your hand at creating with them. View the REFRESH sculptures created by artists using recycled materials that will inspire all to think outside the box.
Artists do not sell during the two hour demonstration time as it is all about interaction and engagement, but deals are free to be made after 1:30 pm, or plan a visit to the artist’s retail outlets.
If a refreshment is desired along the way stop into the food establishments on the street, and be sure to check out the local merchant shops. No, the busy street doesn’t close as it is a main throughway, but drivers slow down so they can absorb the sights and sounds of the street. We want everyone to celebrate the arts.
If the street demonstrations get rained on, artists will make an appearance on another day.