80+ Artists, 6000 Audience Members, 83 Events, 11 Programs, 22 Team Members, 14+ Volunteers
Hello Everyone,

This year’s Artsweek Festival (May 5 – 14) brought Peterborough audiences the very best in new work by incredibly talented local artists working with the theme “Art in Unexpected Places.”  This was our first spring edition of the Festival, and early May was a winner.

You could find Artsweek exhibitions, performances, and creative interventions all around town in the Riverview Park and Zoo, Millennium Park, Peterborough Square, the Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market, outside the Peterborough Public Library and the Ministry of Natural Resources, all the way up on top of Armour Hill, and several places in between. 

As always, the Festival supported original creation by local artists, and celebrated Peterborough as an innovative, creative community with a vibrant arts scene.  There were brand new programs such as HOT SPOTS and LOOK OUT!, along with some old favourites like the Poetry Cart and Porchapalooza.

As a sterling legacy project of Peterborough’s 100th birthday celebration, Artsweek reminds us of the remarkable contribution the arts make to the quality and vitality of life in the municipality.  There were spectacular promenades for kids and families, boutique poetry projects, serious plays, concerts of all kinds, visual arts projects in store fronts and in trees, and dancing in the park and downtown squares.  Audiences gathered on front lawns, in parking lots, at lunch time, at night, and on Sunday afternoons, to listen, cheer, watch, and take part. 
The weather was perfect, spirits were high, and the artists, curators and the production team hit it out of the ballpark!  So great to be back post-Covid and to all be together. 


On behalf of the EC3 Board and staff, the Artsweek Team, and all the artists involved, we extend our sincere thanks to the City of Peterborough for their incredible support.

EC3 would also like to thank all our other generous funders, sponsors, and partners, over 80 participating artists, all our volunteers, the festival team, and of course, our fabulous audiences. A big shout out to everyone who applied for an Artsweek grant, curated a program, moved a mountain, found a space, lent something, gave something, and just generally pitched in to make it all work.

Check out the full “Planet Artsweek” list of folks who made Artsweek 2023 magical.

Relive some of that magic by watching our Artsweek 2023 Recap video. Thanks to Michael Morritt for the video.

Special thanks to Bill Kimball, the Executive Producer of this year’s Artsweek Festival.
We’re already getting set for 2025.

Have a wonderful summer!
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