Night\Shift art festival cancelled, 'no longer sustainable,' organizers say
'It seems such a massive loss to the community'
Night\Shift — the art festival that has taken over downtown Kitchener one night every year in November for the past five years and featured unique and interactive installations — is no more.
Festival director and founder Eric Rumble said "zero funds have been raised to put on a sixth festival" and there are no plans to try to run the festival this upcoming November.
The announcement was made on the festival's website, posted fittingly overnight from Saturday to Sunday.
But he noted the festival's board of directors know "the side-hustle required to make this festival is no longer sustainable" because of other full-time jobs and other commitments.
'Sad to see an era end'
Over five years, more than 400 artists created more than 125 original programs for the festival.
"The festival has sparked fabulous collaborations and stunning re-imaginations of many under-appreciated spaces, attracted rad experimental music acts to play Kitchener, and orchestrated a whole lotta lovely moments," Rumble said.
On the festival's Facebook page, people expressed disappointment the festival would not run again.
"It seems such a massive loss to the community," Joy Smith wrote.
"Sorry to hear that. I have many fond memories of Night\Shift, and have met many super cool people that make up K-W's vibrant arts fabric," wrote Brent Wettlaufer.
"Sad to see an era end. But, absolutely overjoyed looking back at five incredible years, a plethora of engaging art, performances and installations. I was lucky to be involved, and would not have explored the world of kaleidoscopes and infinity without the festival's support," Nik Harron wrote.