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The Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society (M:ST) ensures that performative art practices are recognized and sustained in the Southern Alberta region. M:ST fosters innovation and collaboration among local, national, and international artistic communities.


M:ST’s main activity is the organization and presentation of a biennial performative art festival. This Festival is a collaborative endeavour between ten Southern Alberta arts organizations. This collaborative structure allows the Festival to represent each organization’s mandate and audience, while providing opportunities for cross-disciplinary and inter-organizational exchange. The result is a unique participatory context, where artists and audience experience contemporary performative work outside of more traditional festival or gallery models.

M:ST is committed to presenting performative works from a variety of disciplines that reflect current issues and practices in contemporary art. Through exhibitions, performances, and events, M:ST fosters the development of performative art practices among local, national and international artistic communities. M:ST’s role in presenting professional, high quality cultural experiences continues to grow, increasing opportunities for education and critical discourse surrounding contemporary performative practices.


What is Performative Art?
The term “performative” describes practices that originate from a visual or media arts background and involve the live presence of the artist. Performative art draws primarily from the tradition of performance art, but can also include public interventions, culture jamming, video, film, spoken word, installation, or live web streaming. Visit our Archive section for more examples of the kind of programming we do.

Old Y Centre for Community Organizations
#308, 223 – 12th Ave SW
Calgary, AB Canada T2R 0G9

Phone: 403.837.6678
Fax: 403.234.9532
(Please make sure that faxes are sent ATTN: M:ST Festival)