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Another ARTs Unleashed! Festival has come and gone. It was a spectacular nine days starting with Paint the Town and ending with Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal.  A big thank you to all of the artists and presenters and volunteers who filled the nine days with beauty, inspiration and lots of fun.  Sincere appreciation goes out to our government funders, sponsors, partners, local businesses, advertisers, organizations and all of the folks who turned out to take in the Festival.

Nine spectacular days of free range culture – art, music, spoken word, dance, cuisine, history and much more is on the schedule for ARTs Unleashed 2016! Now in its fourth year, the festival attracts visitors from all over the Maritimes, across the country and around the world. Once again our first weekend features the enormously popular Paint the Town which fills the streets, watersides and Historic Gardens with artists and art lovers.

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 20 with Paint the Town, organized by the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC). More than 80 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 28 at King’s Theatre with the final performance of  Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal (FODAR) Organized by the Society for Company of Angels Dance Projects, FODAR  is Atlantic Canada’s only major summer contemporary dance festival.

In between there are culinary events, the famous Farmers and Traders Market, Historic Gardens activities, craft workshops, candlelight tours and  heritage cricket matches. The list goes on!

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

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