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Call for proposals for 4th Line Theatre’s 2022 Digital Festival of Light & Dark

4th Line Theatre is excited to announce the return of the Digital Festival of Light & Dark, which will provide an opportunity for artists, based in Millbrook, Peterborough, Lakefield, Port Hope, Cobourg and the surrounding environs, to showcase their work in a digital space.  The Digital Festival of Light & Dark will foster virtual engagement between local artists and community members.

Mosun Fadare in 4th Line Theatre's 2018 production of Beverley Cooper's The Other A Strang

Mosun Fadare in 4th Line Theatre's 2018 production of Beverley Cooper's The Other: A Strange Christmas Tale directed by Kim Blackwell. Photo by Wayne Eardley - Brookside Studio.

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Managing Artistic Director

As Managing Artistic Director Kim Blackwell explains, “I am thrilled to bring back the Festival of Light & Dark for a second year. Last year the response to the works created was overwhelming. In 2021, we supported 12 artists and this year we are excited to see what types of projects will be submitted.”

4th Line Theatre is seeking project proposals from local artists for original or existing artworks to be featured in the digital festival. Proposals may feature one or more of the following art forms: dance, film, theatre, music, visual art & photography. Priority will be given to artists who explore the concepts of light and/or the darkness, in whatever medium they choose to work.


4th Line Theatre will award micro-grants of $250 to each successful applicant. Proposals must include a 300-word description of the proposed project and the Artist(s)’s CV/Bio. The deadline to submit proposals is November 24, 2021 at 5:00 PM. All proposals must be emailed to 4th Line’s Artistic Administrator, Jess McDougall, at jess@4thlinetheatre.on.ca.


Successful project applicants will be notified by November 29, 2021. Artists will then have two months to prepare a video or film which runs five minutes or less, that showcases their new or existing piece of video art. The videos will be released on 4th Line Theatre’s YouTube channel for viewing as of Monday, January 24, 2022. These videos will be available to the public to view at no cost. For more information regarding the festival, please contact Jess McDougall by phone at 705-932-4448 or by email at jess@4thlinetheatre.on.ca.

2021 Digital Festival of Light & Dark


Managing Artistic Director Kim Blackwell explains, ““We wanted to support local artists. That was the genesis for the idea which ultimately became the Digital Festival of Light and Dark. I am excited to showcase the work of so many talented local artists from almost every conceivable discipline. These short, digital works will be a chance for 4th Line audiences to see the depth and breadth of regional artists and their creative worlds.” 


The projects encompass a myriad of artistic styles from dance to poetry to photography to puppetry and several more styles. The topics and issues explored include: the new silent nightlife in downtown Peterborough in lockdown; an exploration of physical vulnerability in the pandemic; and the story of a young girl trapped alone in a Welsh mine, to name only three.  To read about the upcoming projects, click here.


The twelve video projects will be released on 4th Line Theatre’s website and YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/4thlinetheatreVIDEO for viewing as of Monday, January 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM. 

4th Line Theatre is excited to announce the array of programming for its first ever Digital Festival of Light and Dark.

Having provided  13 regional artists with micro-grants to create 12, five-minute showcases of their work, the digital festival platform will enable the community to engage with the artists’ creations from the comfort of their own homes through 4th Line’s digital video gallery.


Access to enjoy the festival offerings is free of charge.