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Youth festival recruiting for 2022

Juvenis Festival is seeking youth from the Kingston area to participate in the 2022 edition of the festival.

The 11 day long event run by Blue Canoe Theatrical began in 2016 and gives youth under 30 a chance to participate in a number of artistic projects and workshops.

Last year, COVID restrictions forced many aspects of the festival online, with some events being delayed several times.

The festivals organizers have become fairly used to having to adapt to changing conditions, but are optimistic that that this year’s festival will be able to be conducted as more of a live in-person event.

Co-managing director Maya Meyerman says more plans are being made for live events, but they will be able to be flexible.

“We’re definitely looking at more of a live, in person capacity,” Meyerman said.

“Although project leaders are fantastic and they’re all asked to create a contingency plan in case we are asked to pivot virtually, which happened last year before the festival.”

She says venues are being booked and project leaders are prepared to have in person meetings as of early March, remaining virtual until then as things come together.

Right now the festival is looking to connect youth with project leaders through the ongoing recruitment process.

Co-managing directors Meyerman and Kate Seip are also looking to recruit workshop leaders and connect with more community sponsors.

Recruitment is ongoing for over 100 varied positions open to any experience level.

The two directors add that although there is an application process, they do not want anyone to be intimidated by that process.

“We rarely turn people away really, there’s a space for everyone,” Meyerman said.

“All of the projects have something so it’s just a matter of making sure you end up in a place where you feel most inspired.”

‘Saudade’, ’13 The Musical’, ‘Life of August’, ‘Time’ and Mixed Media are the five projects currently open to submissions at Juvenis.

A few more projects will take shape and open up submissions processes in the coming months, and another called Gentleman’s Guide to Murder has finished recruiting.

The nearest deadline is January 29, and information can be found on Juvenis’ social media and website.

Owen Fullerton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Owen Fullerton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporterhttp://ygknews.ca
Born and raised in Whitby, Ontario, Owen has been living in Kingston for about three years after starting the band Willy Nilly. Prior to that he worked at CKLB radio in Yellowknife and completed studies in Niagara College's Broadcasting program.

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