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SEE YOU IN 2016! August 20 – 28.  Check back in early spring for all the news!

Nine spectacular days of free range culture – art, music, spoken word, dance, cuisine, history and much more is happening at ARTs Unleashed 2015! We’re building on the huge success of the 2014 festival which attracted 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, this year is marking its 20th Anniversary!

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 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 23 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 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.

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