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Call for Artists – Aurora Pops Up!

In challenging times, it has been on the shoulders of the arts to bring community together and ride through the turbulence. And now, more than a year after the coronavirus pandemic has darkened theatres, concert halls and venues across the world, we are looking at a new dawn for the performing arts.

This summer, the Aurora Cultural Centre seeks to celebrate this renewal with Aurora Pops Up! This is an outdoor performing arts festival designed to revitalize the creative energy of Aurorans by staging a series of short live performances of music and dance in outdoor spaces across the town, open to everyone and free of charge. Aurora Pops Up! aims to look at how cultural programming can intersect with the daily lives of the public in a deeper, more meaningful way. And how live performance can transcend entertainment, offering unique experiences, moments of connection and inspiring new ways of being around each other.

When and where will Aurora Pops Up! happen?

This festival will launch in mid-July and run through to September. It will be programmed as 30 minute concert events held in a variety of outdoor spaces throughout Aurora neighbourhoods. The goal is to engage area musicians and performing artists, and to bring music to those naturally gathered in both public and isolated areas in a way that adheres to public health standards. To achieve this, these will be surprise ‘pop-up’ events, curated around parks, street corners, parking lots, community meal distribution sites, outside long term care & retirement homes and business locations, transforming the everyday landscape of Aurora into a rich mosaic of artistic jubilation.

How do artists apply?

Aurora Pops Up! is not only about jump-starting the town’s relationship to the performing arts, but equally about providing a home for the incredible artists who’ve been shut down by the pandemic, and to rebuild their relationship with the audience. We invite professional musicians to submit an expression of interest to participate in Aurora Pops Up!
 
The Aurora Cultural Centre values diverse voices that reflect the communities we serve. We encourage submissions from members of all demographics including, Persons with Disabilities, Black, Indigenous, racialized communities and the 2SLGBTQIA+ community to submit their expressions of interest.
 
This program will be curated and produced by interdisciplinary artist Kalaisan Kalaichelvan. We currently have an open call for artists that asks for your CV, a sample of your work (up to 10 minutes) and a small description of what you would like to present in your ‘pop-up’. Performing artists will be compensated for their work, and supported by professional audio tech, a producer, front-of-house and volunteers. To apply, click the button below. We look forward to hearing your work!
Apply Here

Call to all Aurora Businesses!

 The Aurora Cultural Centre seeks to celebrate the renewal of the performing arts this summer with Aurora Pops Up!. This festival will be a series of surprise 30-minute concert events held in a variety of outdoor spaces throughout Aurora neighbourhoods, open to everyone and free of charge.

 The goal is to engage local musicians to bring live music to those naturally gathered in both public and isolated areas of Aurora. We know the COVID-19 impact has been enormous for businesses in Aurora. 

 The Aurora Cultural Centre is looking to collaborate with you to stage some pop-up events. Businesses must have an outdoor space able to accommodate 4-6 metre diameter to adhere to public health protocols. To join, please register by clicking the button below.

Register Here
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