We’re the artists behind FOTA – Northumberland’s 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 FOTA 2019
Normally, we’d be busy creating our next Festival of the Arts – the last one in October 2019 was such a fabulous success, we could hardly wait to create the next! But along came the pandemic, and the Festival, like many other public events, had to be delayed. Please feel very welcome to suggest ideas for the next Festival.
*As soon as we have a date for the next one, we’ll let you know.*
In the meantime, you’ll find two things here:
1: A visual and literary record of the creation and staging of the 2019 Festival.
2: “Between Festivals – A Journal in Time of Pandemic and Lockdown”. It’s a series of short pieces from artists’ own lives during the pandemic.
Yes, even idyllic-seeming rural areas, and quaint lakeside towns and villages like ours are affected by the realities and concerns that accompany COVID. None of us is immune.
Below are photos of some of the many artists who took part in the 2019 Festival of the Arts:
Above, clockwise: Marie-Lynn Hammond, Sam Murata, Kim Doolittle, 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 FOTA, the 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 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: