SkirtsAFire Festival

Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts: 10 Years of SkirtsAFire

In conjunction with International Women’s Day, SkirtsAfire runs from Mar. 3 – 13, 2022 at the Westbury Theatre in the ATB Financial Arts Barn, the Army & Navy building, and many other venues in the heart of Old Strathcona.

Starting out on Alberta Avenue, the festival has grown and evolved over the 10 years that it has been running. In 2020, for their largest festival which closed just before the pandemic, the mainstage show was held at the Westbury Theatre.

“That was a big moment for us, to be in a theatre for the first time,” Loiselle reminisced.

For Loiselle, another highlight of this year’s festival is the unique combination of artists, all brought together by their shared passion for the arts as well as for Edmonton.

“A festival like ours that’s bringing this wide variety of artists together in a really kind of explosive, exciting way,” said Loiselle. “I think Edmontonians are excited by that, and we also have an artistic community that really supports that.

“In Edmonton, people love the arts. People love their music, they love theatre, they love visual art.”

SkirtsAFire is truly a festival that showcases the talented and diverse community here in Edmonton, and the work that Loiselle and her team have done to bring it to life is remarkable.