The concept behind the Anti-Racism Arts Festival began in 2015. In looking for a way to engage everyday citizens to spark conversations about racism while making it something exciting. Normally anti-racism and excitement don’t go together. This is where arts play a major role. This national festival that takes place in February and March of each year travelling to a different city on an annual basis. In 2016, the festival took place in Calgary and 2017 in Edmonton.
Below are the events that will take place during the festival in 2018 in Winnipeg.
- Anti-Racism Film Challenge: Feb 16 – 18 (5pm – 5pm)
Teams of local amateur and professional filmmakers are given 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit short films with the themes of anti-racism. Teams are required to integrate a quote into their film that will be assigned to them before the challenge begins. Register today!
- Anti-Racism Art Competition: Feb 1 – 28 (submit art during this time)
Open to all Winnipeg citizens to create photography and/or digital art projects that work to challenge racism. Examples: photos, posters, campaigns, memes, digital illustrations etc. Register today!
- Anti-Racism Red Carpet Showcase: March 21 (6pm)
This final event takes place during the International day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The event showcases the art created during the festival, as well as screens all the films made during the challenge. The winners of the film challenge are selected by an independent jury during the event. Participants must attend this event in order to win. The event will take place at the Red River College (Great West Life Theatre). RSVP your ticket today!