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Free range art. Expect the unexpected!


Nine spectacular days of art, music, spoken word, dance, cuisine, history and much more made ARTs Unleashed! 2014 a huge success with visitors from all over the Maritimes, across the country and around the world. Thanks to all of our generous sponsors, amazing volunteers and participating businesses and organizations.  Check back in late spring for information on the 2015 festival!


Established in 1605, Annapolis Royal has quite the artistic pedigree.  Champlain created The Order of Good Cheer just across the bay and the arts have been pretty lively  around here ever since.  The awards just keep coming.

  • Maclean’s Magazine’s “CANADA 2014: 10 PLACES YOU’VE GOT TO SEE” Take a look!
  • Winner of CBC’s Maritimes Cultureville’s 2012 top ten “most engaging and culturally dynamic communities”
  • Named to the top 12 of This Old House’s Best Old-House Neighborhoods 2012
  • Selected as the “most livable” small town in the world – United Nations Environment Program Competition 2004/2005


You’ll definitely want to be in town when the festival kicks off on Saturday, August 16 with Paint the Town. More than 70 artists will descend on the town to paint, sculpt, carve and photograph their spectacular surroundings. They’ll be hard to miss.

The week closes on Sunday, August 24 at King’s Theatre with a return performance of the Company of Angels, part of the new Festival of Dance – Annapolis Royal (FODAR).  Last year’s three performances of celebrated Canadian choreographer Randy Glynn’s world premiere of Dancing in the Third Act sold out. The production will be back as part of FODAR, and the Company will present another world premiere during the festival.

In between there are culinary events, the famous Farmers and Traders Market, Historic Gardens activities, craft workshops, historic and ghostly tours and  cricket matches. The list goes on! Visit “What’s Happening” for the full schedule. Check back often as new events will be posted as they are confirmed.

ARTs Unleashed is sponsored by  Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC ) with funding from  Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, Annapolis Ventures and the Town of Annapolis Royal.

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