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Festivals & Events

The Charlottetown Festival

Confederation Centre of the Arts

After a long season without the magic of theatre, The Charlottetown Festival is back at Confederation Centre of the Arts for another incredible summer. The music, the lights, the talent… The joy of the theatre experience is something we have missed since 2019, and now it’s back in action ready to entertain Islanders and visitors alike! The 2021 line-up is a mixture of home-grown roots, profound, moving stories and history and music that will make the heart swell. 

Between Breaths tells the life story of Dr. Jon Lien, who spent his years rescuing over 500 whales off the coast of Newfoundland before his greatest fight set in: dementia that threatened his body and mind. Dear Rita makes its world premiere on the Mainstage as a musical love letter to Canadian culture, celebrating the inspiring life and songs of the Maritimes’ most beloved singer-songwriter, Rita MacNeil. And making its Island premiere on the Mainstage is OLD STOCK: A Refugee Love Story, a life-affirming, incredibly important and true story of two Romanian refugees meeting in line at Halifax’s Pier 21, as they await entry into Canada. 

For 2021, new accommodations are in place to ensure the safest theatre experience possible. Their 1,100 seat theatre now holds 300 people, among their other new procedures, making social distancing and safety a breeze. It’s time to welcome another season of music and theatre back to Charlottetown!

— Insider’s Tip —

Stop into the Confederation Centre’s adjoining National Art Gallery, where you’ll find a mix of traditional and modern art forms representing all of Canadian culture, history, and talent.