July 11 – 12
SKAMpede 2021 call for submissions open Feb. 16
Theatre SKAM’s family-friendly, FREE, live performance festival on the Galloping Goose trail!
What is SKAMpede?
Theatre SKAM’s annual summer festival SKAMpede is an outdoor live performance festival event that is suitable for the whole family. You’ll take in a series of short shows presented along the Galloping Goose Trail starting at our Hub at 11 Esquimalt Road. Travel from show to show either on a cycling or walking tour. Our goal is to create a safe, physically-distanced festival while still bringing the free, fun spirit of SKAMpede to Victoria.
That’s crazy. How will SKAMpede work this year?
- Reserve a tour spot (either walking or biking tour) online on our Eventbrite page. This year, there will be at least 12 tours per day, each holding an audience of 12. Individuals and groups who sign up will get their own designated physically distanced “bubble” at each show. Groups of people that sign up together will be in the same bubble.
- Line up for your tour at the Hub — registrants will be sent instructions on where to go and what time for the day of the festival.
- See 7 mini performances along your route.
- Have fun!
- This year, please do not return to the Hub after your tour. We’d love to hear all about your SKAMpede experience in our follow-up SKAMpede survey which we’ll send via email!
SKAMpede is a festival of new short works by top performers who have been selected through a formal submission process. Each of the shows are different and the range of performances encompasses spoken word, dance, story telling and much more! The local performers have all worked as professional artists. In the past, this includes places like Craigdarroch Castle, Atomic Vaudeville, The Belfry Theatre and Butchart Gardens. SKAMartists are paid for their work.
Theatre SKAM has worked to develop this project carefully since 2008, and each year we see it grow. We know the event works and we know we can handle large crowds. This year, we have had to limit our ever-growing audience in order to abide by physical distancing regulations. We want our patrons to have a fun time while feeling relaxed and safe in the environment.
Like many people who regularly use the Galloping Goose, we also consider ourselves stewards of the trail. We have worked with city and regional officials, community groups, and other professionals to ensure the footprint of the event is minimal. We’re proud to say that thanks to help, especially from The Sustainable Fox, our 2019 festival left almost zero waste. We plan to minimize the waste we create this year, including waste from our additional safety protocols
Thank you to this year’s sponsors!
We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.