The 2021 Fertile Ground Festival, presented by Portland Area Theatre Alliance (PATA), will become a free, virtual festival held Thursday, January 28-Sunday, February 7, 2021.

In order to serve a wider range of artists and audiences in the community, an equity-infused process is being created to prioritize inclusivity for this new works festival’s 12th year.

Fertile Ground (FG) is seeking submissions from a wide range of artists on a variety of topics and welcomes an array of artistic genres and disciplines.

September 4, 2020 is the application submission deadline and applications are online at tinyurl.com/FGFest21.

The Fest will present pre-recorded “acts of creation,” submitted by producing organizations and artists. Recorded premieres will be streamed on Fertile Ground’s channels. Time slots for each premiere will be randomly assigned.

There are a limited number of festival slots available, making FG 2021 a curated festival. Although curation is a departure from one of the founding tenets of the Fest, this offers an opportunity to ensure representation of underserved communities.

“I believe we have a pivotal, vital opportunity to meaningfully invite new artistic voices into the festival while challenging all artists to innovate their work for this new kind of digital performance, and in doing that, evolve Fertile Ground,” said Nicole Lane, FG Festival Director.

See fertilegroundpdx.org.