IGNITE! 2023 Applications Open!

The 2023 IGNITE! Festival for Emerging Artists

June 7 – 10, 2023
Pumphouse Theatres

Applications Now Open!
Closing March 20

About the IGNITE! Festival

Every year in June, Sage Theatre presents the IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists – a  multi-disciplinary, 4-day festival of emerging art and artists. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s beautiful! With 100 artists programmed each year, IGNITE! is a fantastic development, networking, and presentation opportunity for Calgary’s artists. 

IGNITE! is a festival dedicated to supporting, mentoring and presenting early career artists of all disciplines. IGNITE! allows artists to embrace risks in a supportive environment while providing resources, a bridge to the professional arts community, and meaningful opportunities for collaboration and community building with their peers.

More application information!

IGNITE! is a performing arts festival that focuses on helping develop emerging artists by presenting their work to the public, and by connecting them to the network of established artists in their community.

We have been operating for nearly 20 years! There is a layer of artists in Calgary who have been presented by or worked with the festival. We want you to join that list!

The work does not need to be complete at the time of application! We are interested in supporting the development process.

We’d love to see your projects in the festival!

We are interested in projects in the following areas:

  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Interdisciplinary
  • (Some combination of the above!)

We are interested in artists in the following areas:

  • Theatre
  • Actor
  • Designer
  • Director
  • Dramaturge 
  • Technician
  • Dancer
  • Musician 
  • Interdisciplinary 
  • Comedy
  • (Some combination of the above!)