waves 2016

w.a.v.e.s. festival 2016

w.a.v.e.s. (Windsor's Artists, Visions, Energies & Sculptures) was a two-day festival connecting communities through waves of art, culture and technology. (September 30 and October 1 2016)

Thank you! to all who attended and shared in the unexpected at w.a.v.e.s. 2016. Special thank you to all the artists, performers, partners and supporters for a wonderful year.

Visitor Survey

Did you attend w.a.v.e.s festival 2016? We want to know what you loved best about the fest! Take this short survey.

2016 Highlight Video

Check out this amazing video created by Dan T. Brown highlighting our amazing artists, participants and volunteers.

Share your experience

Share your photos with us via email: vsamek@citywindsor.ca
Did you miss out? Check out these amazing articles about w.a.v.e.s 2016. Stay tuned for more photos and videos.
Local Artists display talent at w.a.v.e.s. festival - Windsor Star
w.a.ve.s. festival Turns Windsor's Riverfront into Tech Glow Party - Windsorite.ca
Soaked in Waves - uwindsorlance.ca
w.a.v.e.s 2016 was presented for free, rain or shine in partnership with Windsor Hackforge, FAM Fest, dynamic lighting provided by Marz Inc. and additional support from the Art Council of Windsor & Region.

35 illuminated projects were selected to showcase their talents and treasures along the Detroit River in the Windsor Sculpture Park.

Map and Project Details

  • See the official map, including project locations and special performances list (subject to change). Or, download the w.a.v.e.s. program.
  • Read our special e-blast announcing the festival details.

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Friday September 30 & Saturday October 1, 2016
4:00-11:00 p.m. as part of Culture Days
Windsor Sculpture Park

For additional information on the event, please contact:

Veronica Samek
Program Development Supervisor
Recreation + Culture, City of Windsor
2450 McDougall Street Windsor, ON N8X 3N6
(519) 253-2300 x 2746
Email: vsamek@citywindsor.ca

Call for Creative Projects:

We asked for outdoor projects that transform and illuminate the Windsor Sculpture Park in new ways to inspire and engage the public in examining its cultural significance. Activities and opportunities for community engagement and hands-on experience always encouraged.

Potential projects include:

  • Light, video or interactive installations
  • Multimedia or interactive performances
  • Works that utilize mobile performances
  • Kid-friendly or educational workshops
  • Sound or Performance Art
  • The Unexpected

Public Information Session #1

Brainstorming Your Place in this Space

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at ArtSpeak

  • Do you have the drive and energy to create for the community?
  • Learn how can you display or present new or existing work in the Sculpture Park
  • Individuals and organizations – use this space to interact with the public; play a large game of duck, duck goose; showcase a snap-shot of an on-going performance or tribute to your favourite Sculpture
  • Share your creative ideas for the park or brainstorm new ideas

This event was part of Back to the Drawing Board, ACWR’s annual think tank and community arts brainstorming program. Learn more about Back to the Drawing Board.

Public Information Session #2

Wednesday, February 10 - 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Hackforge

A free drop-in information session for creators, makers and artists applying to the w.a.v.e.s Festival. This session was held at Hackforge's location at 255 Ouellette Avenue in downtown Windsor.

The session included how to apply for funding for installations and projects, creative examples and Q&A.

Selection Criteria

Priority is given to proposals that demonstrate at least 3 of the following:

  • New, contemporary artistic practices that reinforce Windsor’s reputation as a place for innovation.
  • Reflect the City’s sense of place through its people, history, culture or topography.
  • Celebrate/represent Windsor’s communities, creating opportunities for inclusion and diverse groups.
  • Demonstrate how Windsor’s residents and visitors will be engaged in the activity.
  • Initiate and implement programs to communicate and educate people about Windsor’s cultural scene.

Application Closed: March 31, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

Projects will be selected and announced by w.a.v.e.s. festival curators and the City of Windsor Cultural Affairs Team. Late applications will be received, but acceptance will be based on curated results and availability of space and notification will depend on date received.

w.a.v.e.s 2014 Festival Highlights:

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Festival Information w.a.v.e.s. Facebook w.a.v.e.s Volunteers Application w.a.v.e.s Volunteer Descriptions w.a.v.e.s. 2016 Project Submission Festival Partners Arts Council Windsor & Region FAM Fest Hackforge Windsor Marz Inc.