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Kataro: “Wait” in Aramaic. Between Lent and the COVID-19 Crisis, there is a lot of waiting going on these days. Waiting for information, waiting for the end of isolation, waiting to get back to a world we recognize, waiting sacrificially for the good of others, and until now, waiting for Easter! 


We at Richmond Catholic Theatre feel passionately that in this time of waiting, there is art and meaning to be found. That’s why we created this festival to give creatives a platform to tell human stories about making meaning out of the waiting and to receive compensation for their art. 


The Festival will be streamed right here at 7p on Sunday, May 31, 2020 -- Pentecost Sunday!


All qualified applicants will be awarded a financial grant from a fund provided by our donors. In the spirit of solidarity, all creatives will receive the same amount from the grant fund.

We are still looking for donors to contribute to build this fund.


Please help us to fund these grants!




The rules:

  • Appropriate for all ages: all pieces will be compiled into a single, consumable piece that will be available for the public to see and donate to the grant fund.

  • What if my experience of waiting has been difficult? That's okay. Emphasize the True, Good, and Beautiful. Emphasize the hope part. We are okay with exploration of darkness, but rays of hopefulness need to come through in the end.

  • No politics: this festival was started to build community, enrich artistic expression, and band together. Any political pieces will be disqualified.

  • Pieces may be musical, visual, written or performed. Any written piece must have a visual component. 

  • All qualified applicants will be awarded a financial grant, to be mailed by June 30, 2020.

  • The festival is open for submissions beginning Sunday, April 12, 2020 at noon through Thursday, May 21, 2020 at noon, Easter Sunday to Ascension Thursday. The compiled presentation for the public will premiere on Pentecost, Sunday, May 31, 2020. 

  • If you have any questions or would like to discuss your submission, please reach out to us! We would love to help. Email us at

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