The twelfth anniversary of the festival is being celebrated Saturday, September 26th, 2015. Harvesting the Arts Festival celebrates art in action, providing the opportunity for a variety of venues, mediums, and artists to welcome our community and its visitors to explore the vibrant arts+culture scene of the region. September 26th holds an additional commemoration for it marks precisely ten years from the date of the adoption of the City of Saint John Arts+Culture Policy.
A key element to the festival is the nationally celebrated DOORS OPEN concept: welcoming our community and its visitors to witness art in action in a variety of venues and mediums. This allows for the shops and businesses that operate all year round within the BIA to become a part of the vibrancy infused into the Uptown core.
This is paired with the roots of the festival: the King’s Square and Loyalist Plaza OPEN-AIR MARKETS. The mainstay of the festival, these two locations welcome professional artists as vendors in the festival’s multidisciplinary environment.
We are likewise pleased to incorporate presence at King’s Square for various organizations to host a WORKSHOP or DEMONSTRATION for the public, benefitting from being positioned directly within the interactive flood of foot traffic and atmosphere of this beautifully refurbished public space. This includes MUSICAL PERFORMANCES in the newly refurbished bandstand.
Another wonderful addition to the heart of the city is with the establishment of FREE WALKING TOURS, being launched Uptown throughout the day’s festivities. Each focuses on a different aspect of the highlights within the City’s Arts&Culture Policy: shop, eat, work, play, and live.