“We’ve been seeing an uptick in digital content consumption in the wake of the global COVID-19 crisis. And with the nigh-impossible feat of viewing art in person right now, artists of every discipline have been experiencing cancellations, rescheduling, and general losses on their projects. But necessity is the mother of invention, and one Canadian playwright has taken his own projects cancellation as an opportunity to help anyone in the same boat as him. Enter Nick Green with The Social Distancing Festival.”
Green, a Toronto based theatre maker, was anticipating the opening of his and Kevin Wong’s musical theatre project In Real Life, slated for lucky Friday 13th of March 202
0. Of course, as with the vast majority of theatre projects, the run had to be cancelled. But Green felt it was important to still be able to share even part of the hard work that went into his project, and that other artists should have this opportunity as well. Green began The Social Distancing Festival as a means for Canadian artists who had recent and future productions cancelled to showcase aspects of these projects- pictures from installations, streamed readings of scripts, yet-to-be-released songs. Unsurprisingly, given the openness of the submission process, The Social Distancing Festival quickly garnered international attention and has some submissions of previously recorded works by artists and companies. Not only a space to host content, but the website also features avenues for donations as well as an old-school community forum for artists to connect over these straining times.
The Beer Tent
A place to connect, collaborate, and discuss. …and there’s even an old-school chat room!source
You can browse the discussion board, log into a chat, seek out a collaborator, and more! This is a space to connect with other artists all around the world, share ideas, find collaborators, and showcase your work. We may all be stuck at home, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a beer and collaborate!