Complementing the exhibition program is full schedule of ancillary events including walking tours, tours in French and Mandarin, bicycle tours, art crawls, coffee crawls, and fun family oriented hands-on activities. Please consult our our calendar of Events, Performances, Workshops and Tours page for dates, times and locations.
CAFKA has produced ten exhibitions of contemporary art in the public spaces of the Waterloo Region since its creation in 2001. Founded by local artists in the spirit of an artist-run initiative, CAFKA brings original and experimental contemporary art to the community. Together with our partners we create an artistic dialogue between artists in the Region and in the wider world, sharing our energy, passion and excitement for contemporary art with our friends and neighbours here in the Waterloo Region.
CAFKA’s installations, projections, interventions and performances are surprising, unexpected and very public. In the course of shopping, commuting or strolling in the park people encounter CAFKA’s public interventions. Or, people can use our exhibition guide and web map like a treasure map to explore the city in search of art.
CAFKA is an organization founded by artists who believed that contemporary art has an important role to play in the life of their community. Their goal was to make contemporary art a living thing here; to exhibit work that had the potential to change the way people saw their surroundings. And non-artists came to share that vision and have helped to make CAFKA bigger and better. It is in this spirit that the CAFKA biennial is made possible each year.
CAFKA is what we do together, that we can’t do alone.
Open Ears, 1-Bit Symphony and Machine Drawings by Tristan Perich, New York; GIF Reel: People of the Future, curated by Karie Liao and featuring Jennifer Chan (Toronto), Clint Enns (Toronto), Winston Hacking (Toronto), Jodie Mack (Chicago), Alison S. M. Kobayashi (Toronto/New York), Phillip David Stearns (Brooklyn, NY), The Ghost in the MP3 by Ryan Maguire, (Charlottesville, VA)
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery: Installations by Orest Tataryn, (Toronto) Vanessa Yano & John Tinholt (Montreal), Dear Human (Montreal) and Rory MacDonald (Summerville, NS).
A night of music, dancing, art, and community at the historic and newly swanked-out Walper Hotel in Downtown Kitchener! A party for 175 lucky people in a gorgeous space with a wooden dance floor and 3 rooms of art and performance programmed for you. Get all dressed up in whatever makes you feel awesome and join us at the CAFKA NYE Ball....