Announcing our biggest Festival yet. Nine Festival projects, the return of our Poetry Showcase, a brand new concert series, and more: All waiting for you at Found 2024.

Welcome back, Foundsters! The sun is coming out and we’re daydreaming about sunny days and sharing magical moments across our city. Read on for the full scoop.

Tickets on sale at the end of May 2024. Full performance schedules and venues to be announced shortly before tickets go on sale!

Our events like The Hoedown and the Poetry Showcase sell out ahead of the Festival every year. Mainstage projects like Brick Shithouse, Banana Musik, and the Found Music Series have extremely limited capacity, so you’ll be glad you booked in advance.

CG Members get presale access days before general public.


FRESH AiR ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE

The Fresh AiR Program is Found Festival’s incubator for large-scale projects that push what’s possible in found space performance. This year, we’re sharing the World Premiere of our 2023-24 Artist-in-Residence and a work-in-process showing of our 2024-25 Artist-in-Residence!

Brick Shithouse
by Ashleigh Hicks
(2023-24 Artist-in-Residence)
Running July 4-14 at The Tesserae Factory

this is not your daddy’s fight club.

Found Festival’s biggest show to date – so big, we need two full weeks to share it! This hybrid live / digital production will be accessible in-person at The Tesserae Factory or online via livestream.

Lucky Charm
by Louise Casemore
(2024-25 Artist-in-Residence)
a work-in-process showing at a secret residential location in Old Strathcona

Harry Houdini has died. Nevertheless, his wife would like a word…

Inspired by the seances held by Bess Houdini following her husband’s death, Lucky Charm is an immersive exploration of grief and the magical possibilities in the unknown.


MAINSTAGE PRESENTATIONS

Our Mainstage presentations come from across Western Canada with theatre, dance, and multimedia performances.

Tap or hover over blocks to learn about each show.

BANANA MUSIK
VENUE: John Walter Museum
In this memory play about aging, reciprocity and care, 50-year-old “immigrant kid” Kris gives you a tour of her childhood home – the sights, sounds, smells – to meet her parents, while she takes inventory of ALL their stuff, trying to get to know them better in real time.

ISLANDS OF UTOPIA 2: VEDEN ÄÄRELLÄ
VENUE: Queen Elizabeth Park
Veden äärellä tells the story of two friends growing nearby the North Saskatchewan River. Physical and playful, this piece unfolds with the River Valley as a setting and invites us to reflect on our experiences, memories, and significant moments with the water around us.

MADNESS AND OTHER GHOST STORIES
VENUE: Various River Valley sites.
Madness and monster movies. A gathering of writers and storytellers around a campfire, focusing first on care over creating. The beginnings of an anthology horror series, exploring the hauntings of our hearts and minds in new ways both more responsible and compelling.

THE NATURE OF US
VENUE: Various River Valley sites.
THE NATURE OF US is a devised sound installation featuring soundscapes, monologues, and choral music. The concept aims to give voice to natural elements for a more empathic understanding of nature.

FINDING FOUR LEAF CLOVERS
VENUE: Various public parks.
Geoffrey loves looking for four leaf clovers. Come look for them with him and attune your focus to the intricate world that lives under our feet.


SPECIAL EVENTS

Photo by Mat Simpson

THE HOEDOWN
The Hoedown is back on Saturday July 6! Produced by Salem Zurch, D’orjay Jackson, and Saint Jackson, this is our third annual Found Afterparty centring prairie queer artists. The Hoedown is moving to the Westbury Theatre in 2024.

Photo by Mat Simpson

MUSIC SERIES
NEW: This year, we’re holding two site-specific concert events! Catch our awesome music curation by Sare Alemu. Tickets and lineups coming soon.

Photo by Mat Simpson

POETRY SHOWCASE
Our Poetry Showcase returns July 4! Lineup and venue announcements coming soon.


SPECIAL PRESENTATION

We’re thrilled to partner with Thou Art Here for their production of Josh Languedoc’s Civil Blood: A Treaty Story at Fort Edmonton Park. Originally developed at the Truth and Reconciliation through Theatre Workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2016, Found regulars will remember Civil Blood: A Treaty Story‘s workshop reading at our 2021 Festival. This incredibly ambitious and immersive production reaches across generations and cultures.

CIVIL BLOOD: A TREATY STORY
A THOU ART HERE PRODUCTION

with support from Common Ground Arts

Co-Created by Josh Languedoc and Neil Kuefler
Written by Josh Languedoc
Directed by Mark Vetsch and Neil Kuefler
Performed at The Old Fort at Fort Edmonton Park
July 24 – August 4, 2024

Choose your own adventure in the historically authentic 1876 Amiskwaciwâskahikan fort (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ ). Tensions are high. The fur trade is collapsing, settlers are encroaching into the territories of the First Nations, and the newly founded Canadian government is attempting to define itself through law and order. Tribes are suffering from scarcity of food, destroyed hunting grounds, starvation, and the ever-burdensome whiskey.

Follow Ekah, a nehiyaw huntress or Lily, a European idealist in this immersive contemporary tale inspired by the signing of Treaty #6, the love story of Romeo and Juliet, and the lessons learned about what is means to be treaty people. See the present truth by discovering our collective past.

When: July 24 – August 4, 2024 at 3:00pm or 7:30pm (Mondays & Tuesdays are dark).
Where: The Old Fort at Fort Edmonton Park, 7000 143 St NW, Edmonton
Runtime: ~90 minutes with no intermission. Special Post Show Community Gathering after most performances
Price: Tickets range from $0 to $50 on a Pay-What-You-Will scale

Click below for tickets and to meet the full cast / creative team!


Tickets on sale at the end of May 2024. CG Members get pre-sale access: Click here to sign up to get in first for events like The Hoedown, the Music Series, and Banana Musik which will have extremely limited capacity!

Full schedules and performance sites will be announced soon!