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AITA/IATA International Amateur Theatre Festival 2019

Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA

The next AITA/IATA International Amateur Theatre Festival will be organised in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada from 26 August till 1 September 2019, arrivals on Aug 26-27, departure on Sept 1.  

Through their Members (National Centres) and Associates,

the association invited amateur theatre groups from over the  world to apply to participate.

Please consult the Festival Rules in English, French and Spanish.

Festival perforrmances

schedule 2_March18.pdf

AITA/IATA DELEGATES, planning to attend the Saint John Festival in August, can find the full event schedule above. This will enable travel and accommodation arrangements to now be booked.


Updates of this page will be announced on Facebook


For the PARTICIPATING GROUPS, arrival is planned on Tuesday August 27 and departure on September 1 - five nights. The festival organiser will contact each individual group about specific performance schedules. Venues for each group will be finalised once all groups have confirmed attendance.


The currently selected performance venues are:

a. BMO Studio Theatre Website

b. Imperial Theatre Website

c. Sanctuary Theatre Website


While the overall festival dates and the performances are set, please note that the schedule is still in draft version and could possibly change.  All locations will be confirmed at a later date.



Travel to Saint John, New Brunswick Canada:


Due to the geographical location of Saint John, New Brunswick in Canada, it is anticipated that all participants will arrive via air travel. Here are some things that the Saint John organisers recommend that you consider:


1) Our airport code is “YSJ”

This is very important as there is another Canadian city of a similar name: St. John’s Newfoundland. In the past we have had visitors make the mistake of booking travel to the wrong airport.  MOST FLIGHTS PASSING THROUGH HUBS BELOW ARRIVE IN SAINT JOHN VERY LATE IN THE EVENING.


2) There are no direct international flights to Saint John (YSJ)

For international travellers there are three main airport options with connections to YSJ.

I’ll list them in order of convenience:


a. Montreal, Quebec: Airport code YUL

Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

This is likely the best option as it is a large international airport with lots of amenities such as shops and restaurants. It also has regular flights to all major transportation hubs. It is also relatively close to Saint John (YSJ) with several flights per day between the two cities.


b. Toronto, Ontario: Airport code YYZ

Pearson International Airport

Pearson airport is likely a bigger and better airport but it is further to the west than is the Montreal (YUL) airport. This means a longer flight from European destinations and longer connecting flight to Saint John (YSJ). The overall travel can be significantly longer as a result.


c. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Airport code: YHZ

Stanfield International Airport

This airport is geographically the closest to Saint John (YSJ) and has a very short flight between the two cities. However, the flights tend to be unpredictable and easily cancelled due to bad weather. Also, the planes for this route are extremely small sometimes holding no more than 20 passengers. This would make travel arrangements difficult for a large group.

Accommodation in Saint John, New Brunswick Canada:


The festival organiser negotiated hotel accommodation at affordable rates for delegates at two modern hotels in Central Saint John.


1) DELTA HOTELS (Marriott) 39 King Street Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 4W3

This is hotel is very centrally located within walking distance from all theatres and festival venues. Plenty of restaurants and eateries are available in same neighbourhood. Delegates are requested to reserve the hotel accommodation directly with the hotel.


AITA/IATA Saint John Festival

Offer Start Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Offer End Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019


Hotel offering your special group rate for 149 CAD per night

Book your group rate for the AITA/IATA Festival HERE


2) CANADAS BEST VALUE INN 10 Portland Street, Saint John, NB E2K 4H8

This is hotel is located at a 15 minutes walking distance from the city centre, from the theatres and festival venues. Delegates are requested to reserve the hotel accommodation directly with the hotel. Festival performers will stay at this hotel.


AITA/IATA Saint John Festival


Hotel offering your special group rate for 94.50 CAD per night

Book your group rate for the AITA/IATA Festival HERE




Special festival activities that will be offered to Delegates and festival performers are the Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony, Forum/Symposium with Brunch, Performance Discussions, Social Events and Late Night Gatherings, Tours and activities and the Fundy Fringe Festival – for those who might wish to arrive early.



Please note Canadian Laws on Alcohol and Drugs and Customs Regulations, to be communicated later on this section of the website.  

Please also note the Canada VISA regulations, depending on your country of residence and nationality.  It is each participant’s responsibility to acquire the proper VISA allowing him or her to enter Canada.