Now in it’s 8th year, SkirtsAfire Festival, celebrates diversity, empowers, develops, supports and showcases women-identified artists.
SkirtsAfire herArts Festival features the work of women in theatre, music, dance, visual art, comedy and spoken word in various venues along 118th Avenue. Artists and audience come together to share in these powerful, moving, insightful and entertaining performances, exhibitions and workshops.
The festival features over 100 artists and for 2020 they are expanding to the Westbury Theatre in Old Stathcona with their MainStage play The Blue Hour by Michele Vance Hehir, and Station on Jasper Downtown, with bands and cabaret shows including headliner, The Derina Harvey Band. They continue to present diverse multidisciplinary events at The Nook Downtown, and at The Carrot, Nina Haggerty Gallery, Bedouin Beats, St. Faith’s Church and Otto Food and Drink on Alberta Avenue.
THE BLUE HOUR BY MICHELE VANCE HEHIR
The Blue Hour by Michele Vance Hehir is a timely, funny, complicated and ultimately heartbreaking story that takes place in the fictional small town of Roseglen, Alberta, circa 1947/48. The story centres around a young boy fighting for his own survival, that of his overworked single mother and of his older sister who’s aching to escape her confined world. The Blue Hour explores the desire for love, its betrayal and the enduring realization that hope matters.
SkirtsAfire Festival A-Line Variety Show
The A-Line on Jasper features an all-star line up of fabulous femme artists. Hosted by Jana O’Connor of The Irrelevant Show fame, the show features singer-songwriters, clowns, burlesque, flamenco, bellydance, drums, comedy and more, with a fabulous headliner, Swamp Catz Jazz Band to finish the night off with a bang!
Headliner: Swamp Catz Jazz Band
The Swamp Catz Jazz Band formed in December 2017 out of a desire to see more women playing jazz. Rooted in Saskatoon the band explores the styles of New Orleans and beyond, having been influenced by groups such as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Bonerama, and the Rebirth Brass Band. Their goals are to grow as musicians, start recording, begin to write their own music, and have loads of fun sharing their music and infectious spirit with others!
Tickets : Donation/Ticketed events
Festival Pass: $38, you’ll get a ticket to our MainStage play, The Blue Hour by Michele Vance Hehir (up to $28 value) a ticket to one of our evening events at Station on Jasper (up to $18 value), and an unlimited pass to all our By Donation events.
The Blue Hour by Michele Vance Hehir: Adults $27//Students/Seniors $21 (plus applicable fees)
How to get tickets?
In person at the door.
WHEN & WHERE
Date & Time: February 27 – March 8, 2020. – Schedule
The Blue Hour by Michele Vance Hehir : February 27-March 8, 2020 @ Westbury Theatre, Fringe Theatre Adventures, ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10310 83 Ave NW
A-Line Variety Show : Thursday, February 27 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm @ Station on Jasper, 10524 Jasper Avenue
Venue : Various Venues Edmonton