Festival 2019

CFSW poster art: a person opens their heart to reveal visual representations of the stories within themselves. These include a quill, flowers, a person holding a torch, a microphone, birds, a tree, letters of the alphabet, and leaves.

You might have noticed... that we have 2019 CFSW artwork!! We are super stoked to share this year's original piece by local artist Jesseline Gough.

Jesseline is an artist & graphic designer based in Guelph Ontario. When Jess is not designing, she's usually cooking up a storm, wandering the parks and trails in Guelph with camera in hand, editing photos and journaling at a cafe, or eating at Crafty Ramen. She is a huge fan of Guelph Spoken word, and is honored to create a piece that represents the tremendous emotion and self-discovery that encompasses the spoken word art form.

Jesseline is a rebel unicorn
Follow her on Instagram @jesselinney

Mark Your Calendars

CFSW 2019 will take place October 13-19, 2019, see you there!

Call for Artists Is Closed

Thanks so much to everyone who submitted their proposals! The FOC is working through the submissions, and we will be in touch with artists soon. Thanks in advance for your patience.

2019 Festival Theme

The theme 'Discovery' speaks to 'The Story Within Us,’ which will serve as the tagline for the festival. Through programming selections, the festival will invite patrons and artists alike to explore their lives and personal stories with a fresh perspective, shedding light on intricacies, uniqueness, and seemingly undiscovered elements. The theme Discovery will also engage with 'the curious' by presenting a wide range of spoken word forms.

CFSW is most known for the highly stylistic spoken word poetry that is common in poetry slam competitions. This edition will highlight spoken word in its various expressions including, but not limited to, storytelling, comedy, theatre, lectures and lyric.

Integration of these styles into the festival's traditional programming will broaden audience and artist understanding of the art form, inviting creators to explore new stylistic tools in their personal practice. The theme seeks to stir conversation of our common place and beloved art form to uncover alternate perspectives, ideas, and applications in our lives.

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