Young performers will take centre stage at Nextfest - Metro US

Young performers will take centre stage at Nextfest

What could be the largest-ever Nextfest is just mere days away, with 11 days of local performances scheduled to dazzle viewers.

Nextfest, an art festival showcasing emerging artists in theatre, film, music and more, will take place on June 3-13 in multiple venues in the downtown Edmonton area.

Festival director Steve Pirot said events targeted for young adult performers are made easier with an experienced festival like this one, which has been around for 15 years.

“It’s an opportunity for young artists to express themselves in a professionally developed festival,” Pirot said.

The festival has been able to flourish for many years because of the simple aspect of group learning and performing instead of out-performing each other.

“The not so closely guarded secret to the festival’s success is it’s based on a model of participation, rather than competition,” Pirot said.

Tickets for the 11-days are only $40 for an entire festival pass. Tickets for single shows are $10, and day passes sell for $18.

Pirot said they attempted to keep the ticket prices cheap to raise the amount of spectators.

“We are focused on attendance rather then box office revenue,” he said. “So we try to keep ticket prices as affordable as possible.”

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