Unscripted Twillingate: A Digital Arts Festival

Unscripted is Atlantic Canada’s first Digital Arts Festival.

If you’ve had your fill of music festivals this summer, here’s something almost unheard of: a digital arts festival. In fact, Unscripted is Atlantic Canada’s first Digital Arts Festival.

It’ll be a weeklong “celebration of digital creativity through interactive workshops and creating content while adventuring on Twillingate Island, learning from professionals and each other.”

Among the guest speakers are nature photographer Dennis Minty, and Tara Feener (best known for her recent project “100 Days of Newfoundland”), and Dr. TA Loeffler – an educator, explorer, nature advocate, author, and professional keynote speaker. Dr. Loeffler was named one of Canada’s greatest trailblazing explorers by Canadian Geographic.

The idea comes courtesy of Grow Twillingate Inc., an organization focused on season-extension tourism events in Twillingate. “Today everyone can be creative with the use of technology, whether it is a smart phone, a digital camera, or higher-end equipment,” says Festival co-chair Wilma Hartmann.

“Witnessing how many enthusiastic folks visit Twillingate with camera in hand, gave birth to the idea of a digital arts festival that celebrates all forms of digital creativity.”

There are festival passes for $199, or you can buy $50 day passes, or you can buy passes to individual events, like: “From the bog and bay: an edible feast ($50), a Kitchen party, featuring The Split Peas ($15), a film festival ($15), or the “Wine-D Down Gala” ($50), or take in a variety of workshops at $35 a pop.

The festival has something for everyone from 9 to 90, from a youth photography program to Bytes for Boomers: an Internet Workshops for Seniors. For more information, visit unscriptedfestival.com.

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