NFOTA celebrates the creative spirit of Northumberland. We are awed by the abundance of local culture and are committed to sharing the stories and relationships that make our region unique. Through online events and the Northumberland Festival of the Arts, we bring together creators and art lovers of many backgrounds. We believe art should be accessible to all, creativity is unlimited and collaboration makes a community strong.
We’re the artists behind NFOTA – Northumberland Festival of the Arts.
We live and work in the villages, hamlets and towns of Northumberland Hills east of Toronto, and in the surrounding regions. Many of us are also proud members of the Spirit of the Hills Arts Association and other arts groups in Ontario.
We were honoured to have Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor open NFOTA 2019
The last Festival was such a fabulous success, we could hardly wait to create the next! But like many other live events, our Northumberland Festival of the Arts 2021 was cancelled. Yes, even idyllic-seeming rural areas, and quaint lakeside towns and villages like ours are affected by the realities and concerns that accompany COVID.
We are now creating online content while planning for fall 2022.
*As soon as we have a date, we’ll let you know.*
In the meantime, you’ll find 3 things here:
1: Creativity and Art from across Northumberland
First up: our Community Stories Project, in which members of the public share mini-stories about their lives and thoughts during these unusual times, as well as a series of interviews with local artists and art lovers.
2: News updates as we plan for the next live festival in fall 2022
3: A visual and literary record of the last Festival
Below are photos of some of the many artists who took part in the 2019 Northumberland Festival of the Arts:
Above, clockwise: Marie-Lynn Hammond, Kim Doolittle, San Murata, David Newland
Above, clockwise: Jennifer Bogart, Gwynn Scheltema, Mike Croucher, Cynthia Reyes
Above: Susan Statham, Jenni Burke
Above, clockwise: Dane Swan, Ted Amsden, Kim Aubrey
Above, left to right: Katie Hoogendam, Ronald Mackay
Above, Allison Townsend
Putting more than a hundred artists together to plan, produce, promote and perform in a 3-day Festival of the Arts was a slightly risky business! All are from very different disciplines, and many are used to working alone to create their art.
But we created something absolutely fabulous! We hope you’ll discover this for yourself as you visit these pages.
Drama, music, dance, books, paintings, poetry, photography, clay, glass, mosaic and textile art all “shared the stage” at NFOTA, the Northumberland Festival of the Arts. See More
Come share with us through these pages! The Festival ran from October 24 to 26, 2019 in the gorgeous and accessible Great Hall, Hutton Lounge and other spaces of magnificent St. Peter’s Church in Cobourg, Ontario.
Most events were by FREE Admission, with tickets for performance events running from $10 to 25 (In Cobourg, you could also purchase tickets at let’s Talk Books, on King St east of Division.)
We are enormously grateful to our sponsors and partners, to Spirit of the Hills Arts Association and to everyone who contributes in some way to making the Northumberland Festival of the Arts fabulous.
To learn about Spirit of the Hills, click here. To learn more about our sponsors, click on the links below:
FOTA 2019 was Sponsored by: