About Us

Welcome to M:ST8: A Southern Alberta Performative Art Festival

The Mountain Standard Time Performative Festival is a contingent site of encounter and exchange: a gathering of individuals and organizations in a tensioned, fragmentary, generative, and complex confluence. We acknowledge our presence on the traditional territories of the First Nations of Treaty 7 and the Metis Nation, and acknowledge the presence of a multitude of other bodies who, over time, have come to inhabit this place. As an embodied enactment of our being on this land, our words, acts, and selves have agency, resonance and implication.

The artists included in this year’s festival will engage in an unfolding dialogue in time and in place. Over the coming weeks the generous labour of these coalescing energies will generate many points of intersection , creating spaces of exchange and contestation. We welcome you into this dynamic space to contribute and bear witness with your presence.

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M:ST’s main activity is the organization and presentation of a biennial performative art festival. This Festival is a collaborative endeavour between ten Southern Alberta arts organizations.

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Visitors to Southern Alberta consistently remark on the willingness of this region’s artists and arts organizations to work together. The tendency towards collaboration and cooperation is a unique and noteworthy feature of this community.

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