How Do You Organize an Arts Festival
One of the first things you might want to do when organizing an arts festival is to consider which location would suit you best. This might involve researching the local community, the demand for festivals, contacting local artists or other participants, considering what other events already exist, and finding a suitable venue.
From a legal standpoint, you may have to consider a number of factors. One thing to keep in mind is to make sure you are in compliance with the laws and by-laws of the jurisdiction your festival is situated within. For example, the regulations concerning noise and other disturbances might vary depending on which municipality you reside in. Quebec’s Civil Code has a general provision that “neighbors shall suffer the normal neighborhood annoyances that are not beyond the limit of tolerance they owe each other, according to the nature or location of their land or local custom.” The city of Montreal has more specific rules regarding noise, which often even vary by borough. You should consult the Ville de Montréal website : Section Rules and Regulations before choosing the location for your festival to ensure you are aware of the Noise Restriction Policies of a specific neighborhood.
Another thing to keep in mind is the effect of contract law in your jurisdiction. You might be entering into contracts for your venue, supplies, or with artists or other participants. If you and the opposing contracting party are from Quebec, and plan on having the arts festival in Quebec, it is wise to abide by Quebec Contract Law found in articles 1611-1613 CcQ (when considering liability or damages), rules of contractual interpretation (found in articles 1425 and 1432 CcQ), and different types of contracts (found in articles 1378-9 and 1437 CcQ). When drafting contracts of such nature, it is probably wise to hire a lawyer. In the event that you are signing with a company from another legal jurisdiction (meaning outisde Quebec), the rules of International Private Law can apply (found in the 10th book of the Civil Code ; articles 3076 & ss.) and will effect
Lastly, you may want to keep in mind other kinds of liability you may face and how to protect yourself against such risks. Article 1457 of the Civil Code sets out the general rule for extra-contractual liability (that means when there is an injury between you and a person you did not sign the contract with. Ex: a participant in the show accidentally drops a heavy object on a random person walking down the street), but there are many other specific rules for liability that might apply to you in the event that you do sign a contract with a company (as stated in article 1458 CcQ). In addition to looking into the specifics of what laws may apply to your enterprise, it might be a good idea to purchase insurance to cover any potential damage that may happen to you, a fellow artist, a spectator or any equipment).