2022 Photography Contest Launches!

                                                         This year’s theme is celebrating resilience and re-emergence in nature and community And will be judged on originality, artistic merit, and technical execution Open to residents of Northumberland and adjacent counties In two categories Adults, and Youth under 19 Prizes in each category are $100 cash first prize $50 cash second prize and winning…

Auditions for One-Act Plays, online May 31, 7 PM

Northumberland Festival of the Arts will take place across Northumberland County from September 16 – October 2, 2022. Northumberland Festival of the Arts is a volunteer-run not-for-profit arts organization. To volunteer for NFOTA, please contact info@festivalofthearts.ca To help support our events, please send your donation by Interac to fundraising@festivalofthearts.ca

“We pitched a series of 12 programs”…

… that was 8 years ago, and Word on the Hills is still finding new, local writing talent to interview. Now the interviewers get interviewed! Ronald Mackay presents his chat with the creators of the Northumberland 89.7 FM show, Word on the Hills – Felicity Sidnell-Reid, Gwynn Scheltema and Chris Cameron. The three of them…

Why Poetry? by Kate Rogers

A lot of writers and artists make Northumberland County home! One important reason my husband and I chose to settle here after two decades abroad is the many poets and visual artists who practice their craft here. What is poetry? According to Margaret Atwood, “Poetry is condensed emotion.” Poets often focus on epiphanies—flashes of understanding…

Welcome Apple Route Studio Tour!

NFOTA is excited to partner with Apple Route Studio Tour, September 24 & 25, 2022. It all began in 2017, when a couple of artists residing in Colborne learned that federal funding might be made available to help celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial. The money had to be spent on community activities as opposed to infrastructure or…

Meet the Faces Behind NFOTA: Shannon Linton

“Art is the expression of something true. It is a sharing of something real that allows readers, listeners, and viewers to feel. Art is not the sacred territory of geniuses, it is beautifully mundane and available to everyone. Art makes us feel and that makes us more fully alive.” Shannon Linton Shannon Linton, singer songwriter…

What’s Your Take: In Praise of Empathy by Ronald Mackay

In this series, Northumberland artists share their views on issues related to the arts. “Seeds of the destruction of many an empire since the beginning of civilization may be traced to wilful blindness, a refusal to cultivate empathy. Obama claims empathy to be indispensable for human flourishing.” Ronald Mackay There is a faction that would…

2019 Festival Highlights: Marie-Lynn Hammond and San Murata

As we confirm the program for NFOTA’s upcoming festival, to be announced soon, we look back on previous festivals. Here is a song from singer song-writer Marie-Lynn Hammond and San Murata, artist and jazz violinist. Northumberland Festival of the Arts will take place across Northumberland County from September 16 – October 2, 2022. Northumberland Festival…