Welcome to Toronto’s second annual Bi Arts Festival, the world’s largest celebration of bisexual voices in art and culture. September 23rd is a special day. On that Sunday, we will be joining with communities from around the world to celebrate the 19th annual “Bi Visibility Day” - a day for being both gloriously and deliciously bisexual as well as unapologetically out, loud and proud.
The Bi Arts Festival was born from a belief in the power of storytelling. When shared with an audience, stories can and do change lives. But too many stories are left untold, unspoken, unshared, or unheard. We say NO MORE!
Although bisexuals make up the largest slice of the pie that is the LGBTQA+ community, we are often invisible. In response, the Bi Arts Festival offers six days of vibrant and original programming - including visual art, craft, storytelling, performance, theatre, video, dance and the launch of our zine, CRUSH. Our events are creative, playful, impactful and transformational. We look forward to seeing you!
Call for submissions for the zine will be announced shortly.
POP UP MARKET
DEADLINE APRIL 1st, 2018
The Bi Arts Festival seeks bisexual-identified artists, makers & craftspeople (pansexual, fluid, and other non-monosexual identities welcome, too!) for a special one-day market. Our focus is handmade & hand-crafted, including zines and art.
POSTCARD SHOW & FUNDRAISER
POSTMARK DEADLINE (Extended)
July 15, 2018
At the SWITCH postcard show, a variety of original, postcard-sized artworks on paper are displayed anonymously. It’s the show with a secret: the identity of the artist is only revealed after purchase (as the postcards are signed on the back only). Proceeds benefit the Bi Arts Festival, building community through a celebration of bisexual visibility in arts and culture. Click here for Entry Guidelines.
BI+ BOOK CLUB
Monday April 30th, 2018, 7PM-8:30PM
Join us at Toronto's first bi+ book club - open to all bisexual, pansexual, fluid, polysexual or other non-monosexual folks. Each month we pick and discuss a new book, from poetry to fiction, from non-fiction and memoir, and more. Friendly discussion over coffee, tea or drinks. Accessible space. more
THE BIG BI NIBBLE
COMMUNITY COOKBOOK & FUNDRAISER
Deadline to submit: May 15, 2018
Send us a favourite recipe and be published in The Big Bi Nibble, our community cookbook and fundraiser. more
Guess who's on Spotify? Listen to the original "Bi Beats" playlist, and other jingly jangly tunes. more
Save the date(s)
Tuesday September 18th, 2018 - Opening Night - Zine Launch and Party @ Glad Day
Saturday September 22nd, 2018 - Pop-up Market @ Trinity St. Paul's United Church
The 2017 Bi Arts Festival was held September 22-24, 2017. We celebrated with a pop-up market, two art shows (D-Beatstro and Glad Day), an author showcase, Franny McCabe Bennett's one-woman show SMASHES, a wiki edit-a-thon, our zine CRUSH, and a showcase of short film and video.
Check out last year's website here.
We couldn't do this work without the support of our amazing community and private partners. The Bi Arts Festival works with community groups, small businesses, and brands, both large and small. When you partner with us, you get access to our team of artists who will work with you to develop unique and creative ways to showcase your business or organization. We love to develop custom experiences that reflect both your brand and capture the excitement of this young, growing Festival. Let's start a conversation - write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'd love to hear from you
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Toronto, ON, Canada