Confederation Centre of the Arts

The Confederation Centre of the Arts (French: Le Centre des arts de la Confédération) is a cultural centre dedicated to the visual and performing arts located in the city of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Confederation Centre of the Arts
Address145 Richmond Street
LocationCharlottetown, Prince Edward Island
ArchitectRay Affleck, Hazen Sise, Dimitri Dimakopoulos
Official nameConfederation Centre of the Arts National Historic Site of Canada


Construction of Confederation Centre, as it is commonly referred to, started in 1960 and Queen Elizabeth II officially opened it to the public on October 6, 1964.[1] The institution is funded by the ten provincial governments in Canada and the federal government as Canada's National Memorial to the Fathers of Confederation, who met in Charlottetown in September 1864 at what was called the Charlottetown Conference.

..."[The Fathers of Confederation Memorial Building] is a tribute to those famous men who founded our Confederation. But it is also dedicated to the fostering of those things that enrich the mind and delight the heart, those intangible but precious things that give meaning to a society and help create from it a civilization and a culture."Prime Minister L. B. Pearson, Opening Ceremonies for the Confederation Centre of the Arts, October 6, 1964

The centre has played host to the Charlottetown Festival every summer since 1965, playing Canada's most popular and longest-running mainstage musical Anne of Green Gables — The Musical. It also inspired the production of the musical, Anne and Gilbert. Their most successful second mainstage show to date is Mamma Mia!.

The centre was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2003.[2]

In 2011 the mainstage Homburg Theatre underwent a $7-million renovation to improve acoustics, seating, lighting, and rigging. The project was completed in time for the Centre's 50th anniversary in 2014.


Confederation Centre was built on Queen's Square in the centre of Charlottetown's business district, immediately west of Province House, Prince Edward Island's legislature and the location of the Charlottetown Conference. The centre is one contiguous structure, however at street level it appears as three separate buildings (hosting a theatre, art gallery and public library) clustered around "Memorial Hall" which faces east toward Province House. The Confederation Chambre in Province House, where the conference meetings took place, is located on the western side of that building, thus facing directly at Confederation Centre's Memorial Hall.

Confederation Centre covers a block in the central business district, bounded on three sides by Grafton Street, Queen Street, and Richmond Street. The structure houses an art museum, public library, and several performing arts venues. It also includes a public library administered under the provincial library system and is Charlottetown's principal library. Mavor's Restaurant is located right off the lobby and hosts a wide selection of wines.

Art museum

Opened at the same time as the rest of the structure, the Confederation Centre Art Gallery is an art museum in the northeast pavilion of the Confederation Centre of the Arts. The art gallery pavilion is housed in a three storey structure, that includes over 3,250 square metres (35,000 sq ft) of exhibition space. As of June 2017, it held over 17,000 works in its permanent collection.[3]


The Confederation Centre of the Arts includes a number of venues for the performing arts. These include a 1,109 seat mainstage theatre, the largest theatre mainstage in Canada east of Montreal; and two studio theatres.


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2004-12-07. Retrieved 2004-11-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. Confederation Centre of the Arts. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  3. "Art Gallery". Confederation Centre of the Arts. Retrieved 7 November 2019.

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