IF 2020 is a 24-hour online improvisation festival, featuring 100+ unique, original performances by over 150 international artists of all disciplines. Presented by the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) in partnership with festivals and community organizations around the world, this all-night celebration of the arts will be free to stream online starting on August 8th at midnight UTC, (find your local start time here).

IF 2020 will feature short performance videos by musicians, spoken word poets, dancers, theatre practitioners, and multi-disciplinary artists from over 25 countries captured in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While in-person arts festivals are not possible this summer, IF will provide an alternative for people to come together and find solace and inspiration through art.

This opportunity to gather online has been made possible through support from numerous community partners, including the University of Guelph’s COVID-19 Research Development & Catalyst Fund, U of G’s College of Arts, and long-time IICSI partner Musagetes.

The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation is generously supported through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant.

IF Team

Ajay Heble – Artistic Director
Ed Sinclair – Technical Director
Rachel Collins – Operations Manager
Richelle Forsey – Design, Social Media, & Web Coordinator
Sam Boer – Media Relations
Marie Zimmerman – Community Engagement
Steve Donnelly – Administrative Assistant
Ariel Oleynikov – Administrative Assistant