The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

May 1, 2021

May 31, 2021


Various Venues, Toronto & Online


Events Description


The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural experience in Canada, with over 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout the month of May in the Greater Toronto Area. Founded in 1997, CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography.

CONTACT reflects the all-encompassing influence of images in society and the extraordinary breadth and scope of photography today, presenting a broad spectrum of lens-based work by artists, documentary photographers and photojournalists. The Festival increases exposure for all participants, commissions new work, supports professional development and occasions to learn. CONTACT embraces an inclusive and accessible approach to the medium, and cultivates collaborations with and among artists, curators, institutions and diverse community groups and organizations. CONTACT is an advocate for the creative potential of partnerships to expand the practices of all involved, broaden our audience reach and build engagement with the visual arts locally and globally.


Launching May 1, this year’s Festival extends beyond our customary month-long focus to roll out an exciting slate of powerful projects and virtual features throughout the year, dynamically engaging the imagination during these challenging times.

Who is it for?

MOST of the exhibitions and events are free.


Date & Time: May 1 to 31, 2021 – Schedule

Venue: Online & Various Venues, TORONTO

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