September 2013

The arts connect people from various walks of life, bringing them into communal spaces to explore relevant issues and ideas through affective experience. This cluster of the festival challenges traditional art venues whether in stepping outside art galleries, theaters and performance halls, or by questioning such institutions from within. Festival events will connect with publics in new ways forming critical engagements with our physical and social environments.

Featured Events:
September 23-27, 2013 – Plein Air Visiting Artist Jim Reid 
September 30, 2013 – Launch Event: IRIS Performance Cycle on Student Success 


November 2013

The arts activate cultural discourses that can transform social attitudes and ideologies. By placing words, sounds and images in new dynamic combinations, the events in this cluster aim to reframe subjective understandings of the world, opening up possibilities for social change through powerful, affective engagements.

Featured Event:
November 8, 9, 13-16, 2013 –  Fall Major Production: A Midsummer Night’s Dream  


January 2014

An education in the arts empowers students to take ownership of their education, developing skills in innovative problem solving and entrepreneurship applicable in a wide range of professional contexts. The events in this cluster celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni who have gone on to make significant contributions to society by advancing their own arts-based practices and research.

Featured Events:
January 18, 2014 – Mac Spotlight at the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra 

January 19, 2014 – Alumna Karen Burke & The Toronto Mass Choir  



March 2014

The arts today integrate multiple disciplines, defying categorization and challenging traditional distinctions. This cluster will celebrate multi-disciplinary approaches to artistic practices and arts-based research across campus and within local Hamilton communities.

Featured Event:
March 2014 – Art Dispensing Machine Installation

March 14, 2014 – Choral Animations