4e launched its inaugural Elemental Festival in October 2015. The buzz surrounding the event and public engagement boosted 4e’s vision to build the Festival as a annual project that highlights our commitment to curate innovative land-based work in tandem with community engaged activities in which artists and community members can explore socio-political and ecological themes related to questions of land and place.
Elemental Festival is a unique multi-day, interdisciplinary, outdoor cultural experience. It is community oriented but aims to co-mingle local artists, writers, musicians and community members with visiting creators, to create a habitat for inquiry, inspiration, and organic cultural exchange. Each year we focus the engagements around a land-based curatorial theme, and invite artists to respond to this specific, diverse ecosystem in Kagawong on Mnidoo Mnising | Manitoulin Island. The Festival is timed to run in late September during the annual salmon run up the Kagawong River, an ecological event that annually sparks the local imagination. The Festival attracts both our local that we’ve developed over the last 15 years through our land-based programming and an increasingly higher number of Festival go-ers travelling from afar. As well, the outdoor installations reach large visiting audience (2-3000 people) that comes yearly to witness the annual salmon spawning run along the Kagawong River to Bridal Veil Falls.