Frequently Asked Questions

16, 17, 18, 19 June 2022

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

On the unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik people

FAQ General Information

Q: What is FLOURISH Festival?

A: We are an independent music and art festival held annually in Fredericton. We showcase emerging and professional artists across multiple venues in the city. During the festival you'll see incredible bands and musicians, one-off installations and art projects, workshops and a lot more. Our lineup announcements will begin March 2023.

Q: When and where is the 2023 festival?

A: Our 2023 edition will take place June 15-18 2023 in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Q: When and where can I purchase tickets and passes?

A: More information on passes and individual tickets will be avaliable in March 2023. We offer passes and individual tickets to purchase online through our website and venue partners.

Q: I'd like to volunteer or get involved, how do I do this?

A: We always have lots of opportunities to get involved in programming, venue prep, installations, social media and more. Drop us a note at flourishfredericton@gmail.com with your name, and we will send you over our volunteer form and introduce you to the team.

Q: I'm interested in sponsoring the festival, how do I do this?

A: We welcome sponsorships and partnerships. Please email us at flourishfredericton@gmail.com and we will get back to you with our sponsorship package options.

Q: I am from the media and want to do an interview or cover the festival and/or involved artists. How do I arrange this?

A: Media coverage is a huge part of the festival and we welcome coverage of the festival pre, during and post festival. We also welcome coverage of our booked artists and programming. Email us at flourishfredericton@gmail.com with the headline "MEDIA REQUEST" and we will direct you to the appropriate person to handle your request. Our team and artists are often avaliable for audio interviews, written interviews, photo opportunities, video opportunities and more.

FAQ Festival Accessibility and Safer Spaces

We are working with the local community to feed into our accessibility planning for FLOURISH Festival 2023, to ensure increased inclusion and safety for our artists, patrons & partners.

Our Safer Spaces Policy & Plan will be in effect for all online and in-person events. The full document is still under development, but you can read the working document here.

If you would like to be a part of the Safer Spaces planning committee, please email penelope.e.stevens@gmail.com.

Q: What will accessibility look like at FLOURISH Festival 2023?

A: FLOURISH will look different in 2023 - we will be condensing the overall festival programming, to ensure that we - with a seasonal staff of only 3 - are better able to ensure safety and accessibility at our event. With our final plan still in development, we have committed to a series of changes to better include a wider diversity of artists and audience members.

Major changes include:

  • Utilizing the Charlotte Street Arts Centre as a priority venue, which will be as accessible as possible for the duration of the festival (see below);
  • The creation of a Safer Spaces planning committee, with community members paid for their contribution to the creation and implementation of new policies;
  • The acceptance of digital and online projects, with proper planning and support to ensure their success; and
  • The appointment of a Safer Spaces Coordinator, who will create a clear chain of communication for issues related to safety, inclusion and accessibility. Their name is Penelope Stevens (she/they) and you can reach them at penelope.e.stevens@gmail.com leading up to and throughout the festival.

More to come.

Q: I’m underage, can I attend or perform at FLOURISH Festival?

A: Yes - not all events, but a minimum of ⅓ will be accessible for all-ages.

Q: I’m a sober person, will there be non-licensed events and/or non-alcoholic options for me?

A: Yes, non-alcoholic beverage options will be available at all physical venues. Water is always offered at no charge. Our nighttime events will be licensed, but daytime events will be largely alcohol-free (pending venue confirmation).

Q: I don’t do well in crowds and/or suffer from overstimulation, will there be events for me to attend?

A: Yes, events at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre will be at reduced capacity (exact capacity declared prior to the event) and a low-sensory room will be available for those requiring a break. Other daytime events beyond CSAC are generally small crowds, and (depending on submissions) digital/online events will be a part of the festival as well.

We endeavour to ensure breaks and space between programming and acts, however this will not always be possible. We encourage attendees to take breaks, and stay hydrated and nourished throughout the festival.

Q: I use a wheelchair, walking aid and/or am disabled. Which venues are physically accessible?

A: The Charlotte Street Arts Centre is fully wheelchair accessible via the main entrance on the ground floor of the building (West side of the building). From the main entrance, attendees can access all festival locations via the elevator (masks will be required in the elevator and auditorium, and encouraged in all public spaces throughout the building). Powerdoors at the main entrance are available. Where powerdoors are not available in the venue, volunteers will be stationed here, or doors will be open for access. Accessible parking is available, as well as a gender-inclusive wheelchair washroom, and storage for accessibility items (in the case of large items, please contact us ahead of time to ensure space is made). Some seating will be available in the auditorium.

The Cap (ground floor venue) is physically accessible including a gender-inclusive wheelchair washroom, but requires entry through an alternate door and is generally a smaller, crowded space. Please contact us ahead of time to prepare for your entry. The patios and upstairs spaces at the Cap (Wilser’s Room) are unfortunately not physically accessible, with several sets of stairs.

Other venues are still in negotiation, but we will make explicit accessibility notes available prior to the event.

Q: I’m deaf or hearing-impaired, can I attend or perform at FLOURISH?

A: Unfortunately, we do not have the financial means to support ASL programming for 2023, but hope to in the future. Digital events will make use of closed-captioning and chat support when possible. Printed copies of our programme will be available at our events.

Q: I’m queer, trans, gender non-conforming, and/or my gender expression puts me at risk of harassment. Can I attend or perform at FLOURISH?

A: Everyone deserves to enjoy FLOURISH Festival safely and free of harassment. While we cannot 100% guarantee anyone’s safety at our event, we have committed to creating a space that fosters safety for the queer and gender-diverse community. This includes: high-tier billing and visibility for queer and gender-diverse artists, gender-inclusive washrooms in all venues, the implementation of our Safer Spaces Policy for the duration of the festival, and a visible Safer Spaces venue representative (denoted by a pink t-shirt) at events at the Cap and the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Should you feel unsafe at any time, you can either speak to the Safer Spaces venue representative, the Safer Spaces Coordinator, or any staff member. Incident disclosures will be handled according to our Safer Spaces policy to the best of our ability.

Q: I’m a racialized person (BIPOC). Can I attend or perform at FLOURISH?

A: Everyone deserves to enjoy FLOURISH Festival safely and free of harassment. While we cannot 100% guarantee anyone’s safety at our event, we have committed to creating a space that fosters safety for folks of all racial backgrounds, ethnicities and cultural groups. This includes: high-tier billing and visibility for BIPOC artists, the implementation of our Safer Spaces Policy for the duration of the festival, and a visible Safer Spaces venue representative (denoted by a pink t-shirt) at events at the Cap and the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Should you feel unsafe at any time or experience any form of harassment or microaggression, you can either speak to the Safer Spaces venue representative, the Safer Spaces Coordinator, or any staff member. Incident disclosures will be handled according to our Safer Spaces policy to the best of our ability.

Q: I have allergies, will there be support for me?

A: Venues will encourage scent- and allergen-free spaces through a poster campaign, but we cannot guarantee 100% allergen-free spaces. Artists will be asked to fill out an allergy and intolerance sheet prior to the event, and we will do our best to accommodate those needs (in serious cases, this may include artists supplying their own food, to be reimbursed by the festival).

Venue Accessibility

We are still confirming our complete venue list. Accessibility notes for each venue below, to be updated as more venues are confirmed.

Accessibility at The Cap:

  • Some events at The Cap will be accessible for all ages. Our final programme will indicate all ages programming.
  • Masks are recommended in this venue. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at no cost.
  • Main floor / venue is wheelchair accessible, but upstairs venues are not (1 flight of stairs to the Nest patio, with additional steps to Wilser's Room).
  • The Cap does not have designated parking. Parking is available to the front of The Cap (ground floor), but this is based on availability and is not specifically accessible parking.
  • Gender-neutral washrooms available across the venue inclusive of stalls.
  • Designated space for accessibility items (please contact us in advance for any large items that we should be aware of / may need additional space for).
  • Trained harm reduction and Project Soundcheck staff and/or volunteers on site.
  • The Cap is near the Kings Place bus hub.

Accessibility at The Charlotte Street Arts Centre: All events at CSAC will be accessible for all ages. Note: some later programming may require a guardian for youth attendance. This will be clearly indicated.

  • Masks are required in this venue (auditorium and in the elevator, encouraged throughout the building). Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at no cost.
  • This venue is fully wheelchair accessible via the main entrance on the ground floor of the building (West side of the building). From the main entrance, attendees can access all festival locations via the elevator. Powerdoors at the main entrance are available. Where powerdoors are not available in the venue, volunteer staff will be stationed here, or doors will be open for access.
  • Accessible parking is available.
  • Accessible low sensory room available in this venue.
  • A mix of seating and standing in this venue to provide options in the space. Seats will be made available with all body types in mind and will be available to the back and sides of the auditorium space. Gender-neutral washrooms available across the venue inclusive of stalls.
  • Designated space for accessibility items (please contact us in advance for any large items that we should be aware of / may need additional space for).
  • Trained harm reduction and Project Soundcheck staff and/or volunteers on site.
  • The Charlotte Street Arts Centre is within 2 blocks of a bus route.