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2020 Festival Cancelled

It is with profound regret that the Board of Performing Arts BC has decided to cancel the 2020 BC Provincial Festival due to the ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 outbreak. In light of quickly changing government and health agency directives, and the cancellation of numerous local festivals, it would not be prudent for us to push ahead with a 2020 event. The health and well being of our participants and their families, adjudicators, volunteers and members of the public are too important to jeopardize.

As a number of our member festivals were able to have a festival event this year, and some may still have one, we will honour those youth chosen as full competitors for the 2020 Festival, by allowing them to compete in the 2021 provincial festival based on their 2020 adjudicator recommendation. These competitors will have to compete at the appropriate age level which might be different for some in 2021. We would ask that they perform the one piece/dance on which they were nominated by the adjudicator; second and/or third works may be their own choice and may be at a higher level. We do however encourage all young performing arts competitors to compete in a 2021 local festival. Local festivals may still qualify their usual compliment of provincial festival competitors in 2021. We just might have a bigger provincial festival than usual next year!

Looking forward to seeing you all at the 2021 provincial festival! Stay healthy and safe!


Provincial Festival
Each regional festival sends its most promising young artists between the ages of 10 and 28 to participate in the annual Provincial Festival. The five-day event encompasses special master classes, lectures, coaching, workshops, technique classes and adjudications.
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BC National Winners! : The 2019 National Festival concluded with the Gala Concert on August 10 in Saskatoon and Team BC shone! Robin Black, Clarinet, won the Woodwind section, Trio Muveszeti (Robin Black, Gower Sun, Samantha Sterkenburg), placed second in Chamber and Aslan Aslanov was also second in Piano. Ben Parker, Trumpet, finished third in the Brass section and Adam Schmidt won the Jan Simons Award for Best Song Interpretation! Also participating in the Festival were Annis Lee, Strings and Bethany Caldwell, Musical Theatre. Earlier the choral section was adjudicated by recording. First Place in Class 100 went to Nove Voce, Robin Norman, director, Second places went to St. Thomas More Collegiate Chamber Singers, Johnson Lui, director, in Class 103, BC Girls Choir - Juniors, Fiona Blackburn & Sandra Meister, co-directors, in Class 107 and Collingwood 6/7 Choir, Erin Deighton, director, in Class 108. Also participating in Class 101 were Acafellas, directed by Sheila Johnson and in Class 106 the SAS Jackson Choir, David Izik-Dzurko, director. Congratulations to all!..


How Do You Get into Provincials You must win a local festival in order to qualify for the Provincial Festival.

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