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Free range art. Expect the unexpected!


Nine spectacular days of art, music, spoken word, dance, cuisine, history and much more is coming up at ARTs Unleashed 2015! We’re building on the huge success of 2014 which attracted with visitors from all over the Maritimes, across the country and around the world. The 2015 festival runs August 15 through 23.  As usual, our first weekend features the enormously popular “Paint the Town” which, this year, is marking its 20th Anniversary!

Check back in late spring for updated information on ARTs Unleashed 2015.

Annapolis Royal has quite the artistic pedigree.  Since 1606, when Champlain created The Order of Good Cheer just across the bay, the arts have been a pretty lively part of town life.  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 15 with Paint the Town, organized by the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC). 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 23 at King’s Theatre with the final performance of the  Festival of Dance – Annapolis Royal (FODAR) Organized by Company of Angels Dance Projects, FODAR  is expanding its program for 2015.

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!

ARTs Unleashed is sponsored by  the Annapolis Board of Trade in cooperation  with ARCAC and FODAR.