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Frequently Asked Questions ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

1. What is the Liverpool International Theatre Festival (LITF)?
LITF is an amateur theatre competition featuring groups from around the world.
The festival is held in the town of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, on the east coast of
Canada, once every two years. The next festival will be held May 18 – 22, 2016.
It is the 13th LITF festival.

2. Where is the festival held?
The festival is held at the Astor Theatre in the town of Liverpool, Nova
Scotia, on the east coast of Canada. To learn more about Nova Scotia, please
visit: http://novascotia.com/en/home/default.aspx#
To learn more about Liverpool, which is a town in the Region of Queens,
please visit: http://www.queens.ca/To learn more about the Astor Theatre, please visit the theatre’s website at:
http://www.astortheatre.ns.ca/


3. What kind of plays does the festival feature?
All of the plays presented at the festival are amateur productions that run
between 30 and 50 minutes. Most of the plays are presented in the language of
the country of origin. The plays are of the highest artistic quality, and
generally transcend language barriers.

4. Who decides what plays will compete at the festival?
Theatre companies submit an application to the festival’s artistic director,
who, with the Board, selects the plays that will appear at LITF. The plays
chosen represent a diversity of cultures, scenic forms, and dramatic expression.

5. Who judges the performances?
The festival organizers hire adjudicators who are professional actors,
directors, and/or playwrights to judge the
performances.

6. What prizes are awarded?
All performing groups receive our special “Harlequin Award” for participating
in the festival. Trophies (non-monetary prizes) are awarded to winners in a
number of categories, including:
• Best International Production
• Best Canadian Production
• Best Director
• Best Visual Presentation
• Best Actor, Best Actress
• Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress
• Best Original Script
• The People’s Choice Award

7. How many performances are there at the festival?
Normally the festival has twelve groups performing at the festival. In some
instances, special performances outside the competition are included during the
opening or closing ceremonies.

8. What else happens during the festival?
The organizers are committed to providing educational and cultural workshops
of the highest standard. During the festival, the adjudicators hold regular
morning sessions called Coffee Critiques, to review the previous day’s
performances. Over the five days of the festival, other theatre professionals
also host instructional workshops to expose delegates and audiences to a variety
of theatre arts and techniques.

9. What is the Festival Club?
Festival Club is hosted at the Liverpool Curling Club, located across the street
from the Astor Theatre. It is the entertainment and social hub for audiences,
performers, sponsors, and the media. Before and after performances, people
gather at the Festival Club to interact, relax, and be entertained. One of the
unique aspects of the Liverpool International Theatre Festival is the intimate
atmosphere and personal connections made possible by venues like the Festival
Club.Each evening after the final performance, a special event is put on at the
Festival Club. On the final night of the festival, International Night is held
featuring great music, fantastic food, and socializing with new friends.

10. How do I get tickets for the Liverpool International Theatre Festival?
Tickets are sold at the Astor Theatre, or by visiting the Astor Theatre
ticket hub online at: https://ww3.ticketpro.ca/groups.php?id=202&aff=astor

11. How old do you have to be to attend LITF?
Most of the plays performed over the festival are suitable for general
audiences, although some content may not be suitable for children under 12
years. In some instances, performances are restricted to adults (18 years or
older). Please consult the full schedule of performances prior to purchasing
tickets for younger audience members.

12. When will I know who is performing at the festival?
Because of the various complications arising from booking international
performances, the complete list of plays is not published until approximately a month before the festival. Please check our website for updates.

13. Is the festival accessible for wheelchair users?
Yes. All venues hosting festival events are wheelchair accessible.

14. Is food and drink available at the festival?
Cold snacks, beverages and popcorn are on sale at the theatre. Several small
restaurants are within walking distance of the venue, serving a variety of food.
There is also a licensed bar at the Festival Club, across the street from the
theatre. Age restrictions apply to any area serving alcohol.

15. Where can we stay when we come to Liverpool?
International and out-of-province companies participating in the festival are
offered accommodation in private homes free of charge for up to five nights.Audience members should visit our Places to Stay page in
the About the Area section for a list of accommodations.

16. How do we get from the airport to Liverpool?
The most convenient means to travel to Liverpool from Halifax International
Airport is by rental car. As the town is over an hour and a half away from the
airport, we do not recommend taking a taxi. Please refer to our map page [insert
map page] for travel directions.

17. How can I become a festival volunteer?
Please contact the festival office at info@litf.ca

18. Who can become a sponsor or partner of LITF?
Anyone can become a sponsor – businesses, companies, organizations,
government, or individuals. Our sponsors play a lead role in the success of the
Liverpool International Theatre Festival. It is easy to take a part. No part is
too small! No audition necessary!

19. How can I become a festival sponsor?
We recognize that our sponsors like to contribute in different ways. We are
pleased to accept a range of sponsorship options, including:
• In-kind products: Sponsors can give products that they manufacture or sell
which will be used to operate the festival (eg. vehicles, gas, food, wine,
paper, media, muffins)
• In-kind services or expertise: Sponsors may provide services or expertise to
the festival (eg. Website hosting, workshop delivery, food production, music)
• Cash: Sponsors may make cash contributions to the festival, which will then be
used to buy products or services necessary for the success of LITF.
• Combination: Sponsors may contribute cash and in-kind products or services.If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or partner for LITF 2012, or
would like more information, please contact info@litf.ca.

20. What is the benefit of becoming a LITF sponsor?
Benefits to sponsors are dependent upon the level of involvement. We provide
marketing opportunities and company exposure to a diverse demographic audience
through on-site signage, on our website, in print, and other media.

 

Frequently Asked Questions FOR PARTICIPANTS

 


1. How do I apply to have my theatre group appear in the festival?
Applications for LITF 2014 are now closed.
The application includes:

  • a description of the group, its history, and its activity
  • the full text of the play (in the case of a non-text play, a written
    description of the scenario) in its original language as well as a complete
    synopsis in English
  • a list of all the actors and their professions
  • details of the technical design and requirements
  • 5 – 10 different colour, action photographs of the play
  • If possible, a recording (VHS, DVD or CD) of the entire play

 


2. What is the deadline for entries?
The deadline for entries for LITF 2016 was June 30, 2015 for international troupes and September 30, 2015 for Canadian troupes.

3. How do we pay our fees if we are accepted to perform?
Once your group is accepted a non-refundable Group Entry Fee of $100 Cdn. Must accompany the application. Delegate fees for the festival are $50 per person. See FAQ 8 following for more details. All delegate fees for the participating companies must be paid in full by March 1, the following year in Canadian dollars.
You can send a cheque, electronic bank transfer, traveler’s cheque or money order in Canadian dollars to:
Liverpool International Theatre Festival (LITF)

P.O. Box 2027
Liverpool,
Nova Scotia
Canada
B0T 1K0


4. How do I know if you’ve received our application?
We will send a confirmation email to all applicants after receiving their application. If you have not received this confirmation, please email the LITF office at
info@litf.ca

5. When will we know if we have been chosen to perform?

Successful international applicants are notified of their acceptance by August 31 and Canadian troupes by October 15, the year prior to the festival. The companies then have until November 15 to confirm their attendance at the event.


6. Where can we stay when we come to Liverpool?

International and out-of-province companies participating in the festival are offered accommodation in private homes free of charge for up to five nights. This arrangement is normally limited to ten persons from each participating group, whether they are actors, directors, or technicians. Companies from Nova Scotia are not typically offered billets, but will be considered if need is expressed.


7. Who can we bring with us if we are selected to perform?

Delegates are limited to the actors, director, and technical crew of up to ten persons. The number of non-actors should not exceed three persons. If a company wants to exceed these limits, they must have prior approval from the LITF organizers.


8. Is there a cost for participating in the festival?

Yes. There is a non-refundable Group Entry Fee of $100 Cdn. for each group to enter the Festival. This should be paid by November 15, the year prior to the festival. This should be sent with the application. There are also Delegate Fees for each member of the troupe. Delegate fees for the festival are $50 per person. All fees for the participating companies must be paid in full by March 1, the year of the festival.

The delegate fee includes:

  • Admission to all performances (general seating)
  • Free admission to the Festival Club receptions any dinners
  • Admission to all workshops and Coffee Critiques
  • A Festival bag (with Welcome gifts)

9. What other costs are involved with participating in the festival?
 Participants from outside Nova Scotia pay for:

  • All travel costs between their home and Halifax
  • Any spending money for alcohol and any other incidentals
  • Costs related to stays over and above the five days of the festival

Costs that are covered by the festival (for participants from outside Nova Scotia) include:

  • Transportation between Halifax International airport to Liverpool (delegates
    MUST advise organizers of their arrival and departure times to qualify for the
    free transportation)
  • Accommodation in a private home for a maximum of five days
  • Breakfasts may be provided by the host home.

Participants from Nova Scotia:

  • Participants from inside the province are responsible for all their travel costs to and from Liverpool. They are also responsible for their own accommodations and meals.

PLEASE NOTE: If participants choose to stay in a hotel, then they must pay their own accommodation charges.


10. How do we get from the airport to Liverpool?
International companies, and delegates flying to Halifax from outside the
province, are met at Halifax International Airport and driven to Liverpool free
of charge. At the end of the festival, the companies are then transported back
to the airport. It is critical that delegates notify us with their travel
itinerary to ensure transportation is waiting for them when they arrive.

11. Where do we go once we arrive in Liverpool?
All delegates performing in the festival must go to the Liverpool Curling
Club upon their arrival to register at the Registration Desk. This is where you
will find your host families, learn the schedule for rehearsals and
performances, pick up your meal vouchers and welcome bag, and get all the
information you need to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.Audience members should be at the Astor Theatre 15 minutes before the
performance start time to take their seats.

 

Frequently Asked Questions FOR INTERNATIONALS

 


1. Where can I find out about visiting Canada?
Information about entering Canada can be found at Citizenship and Immigration
Canada

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp

2. Do I need a passport or visa to enter Canada?
International visitors to Canada must carry a valid passport and visa (if
required). Citizens from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, the
Republic of Korea, Australia, and others do not require a visa to enter Canada.
Visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp online for a complete listing.

3. How do I apply for a Visa to enter Canada?
Applicants must complete a visa package and submit it to the Canadian visa office in your region. Processing times vary, but can take up to 60 days, so make sure you allow enough time to get your visa before coming to Canada. In 2009, the fee for a visa is $75 for a single entry.
Please go to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website to download an application package and guide.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/apply-how.asp#step2

4. If I get sick or have an accident while I am visiting Canada, will my medical treatment be paid for?

Canada does not pay for hospital or medical services for visitors. Make sure you have health insurance to cover any medical costs before you come to Canada.


5. What type of money does Canada use? Is it the same as the United States?

The Canadian dollar is different than the U.S. dollar. Everything at the festival must be paid for in Canadian dollars, so we recommend that you exchange your money or bring Canadian dollar traveller’s cheques to Liverpool. There are three banks in Liverpool that are open on weekdays only – Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank, and Scotiabank. All three banks have ATM or automated teller services. Please check with your own bank to determine whether you can use your bank card in any of the Canadian bank machines.


6. Can I use my hairdryer in Canada?
Canada residential power uses 110-volt electrical systems at 60 hertz. You will need a voltage transformer /converter for your electrical appliances if they operate on a different voltage.

7. Is there a sales tax in Nova Scotia?
Yes. In Nova Scotia there is a combined tax of 15% on most everything purchased. The tax is calculated separately on the base price of the item, so when you see a price tag on an item that is not necessarily what you will pay. In some stores, the tax is already included in the item, but in many other stores, the tax is added when you pay for the item. There is also an additional 2% hotel room tax.
However, there is good news. Keep your receipts, because visitors to Canada can
apply for a tax refund on many purchases taken out of the country and on certain
short-term accommodations. Please visit the Canada Revenue Agency’s website for
more information:
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/bsnss/tpcs/gst-tps/rbts/vstrs/fctp-eng.html

 


8. Do I have to tip service providers in Canada?

In Canada, it is customary to tip for services such as restaurants, bars and pubs, taxis and hairdressers. A usual tip is 15% of the total bill, although the amount can range from 10% to 20% at the discretion of the person paying the bill.


9. What kind of food do people eat in Nova Scotia?

In the Maritimes, there is an abundance of fresh seafood and lobster. However, people also eat foods such as roast chicken, beef, or pork combined with local vegetables such as potatoes, broccoli, asparagus or corn. Salads made with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and salad dressing are also popular. When eating out, people may eat sandwiches, hamburgers and French fries, if they are eating at a fast food restaurant.


10. What is the area code for Nova Scotia?

The area code for Nova Scotia is 902. Dialing out of Canada: 011 + country code + area code + local number. Canada’s country code is “1”.


11. Are the standards of behavior in Canada different than those of my country?
STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR

Some of Canada’s standards for public behaviour may be more conservative than
you are used to, while others may seem more liberal. Social practices – not laws
– govern many types of behaviour. Some traditions are well established and are
politely but firmly enforced.

1. Lining up or queuing: People attending the festival normally line up or queue
according to the principle of “first-come, first-served.” They will be angry if
you push ahead in a line-up instead of waiting your turn.

2. Smoking: Most Canadians do not smoke. When you are in people’s homes, you
should always ask their permission to smoke. If they do not smoke themselves,
they may ask you to go outside to smoke.

Smoking is not permitted in any buildings in Liverpool, on buses or other
transportation, or in line-ups waiting to go into the theatre. The festival will
designate specific smoking areas outside the various venues.

3. Being on time: You should always arrive on time for any scheduled performance
or rehearsal. People who are late are often barred from entering a performance,
or participating in an event. For social events, people expect that you will
arrive within half an hour of the stated time.

4. Respect for the environment: People in Nova Scotia are very concerned about
the environment, and expect people to throw all waste in appropriate recycle,
organic, or garbage bins. This can be confusing. Please ask if you don’t know
what to do with your waste.

5. Bartering: Bargaining for a better price for goods or services is not common
practice in Canada, but there are some exceptions. When buying more expensive
items like cars or houses, the price is usually negotiated. However, Canadians
usually purchase smaller items for the price listed on that item.

6. Shopping: Stores compete with one another to attract customers, so it is wise
to check and compare prices at different stores before you buy. In Liverpool,
and surrounding areas, there are primarily small businesses that sell goods.
Many stores are closed on Sundays.

5. People in authority: In Canada, a person’s authority is related to his or her
position and responsibilities. Women hold the same kinds of positions as men,
and have the same kinds of authority. People do not hold authority just because
of their name, status, social class, or sex.

6. Police: The police in Liverpool are the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They
are an important part of our community, and may be either men or women. They are
trained to serve and protect the public, including you. Police operate within
strict regulations, and follow established procedures. Canadians expect honesty
and fairness from the police, and show respect to police officers when speaking
or interacting with them.

7. Liquor / Drugs: You must be 19 years or older to drink or purchase alcohol in
Nova Scotia. The consumption of alcohol is permitted in licensed facilities or
in private homes. It is illegal to drink on the street and in vehicles. It is
illegal to use, buy, or sell marijuana, heroin, cocaine or other drugs.

8. Seatbelts: In Nova Scotia, all passengers in a vehicle must wear a seatbelt.