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 The 2021 BC Provincial Festival will take place in some form!

Posted September 17
The PABC Conference and AGM will be held via a conferencing platform Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18 starting at 9:00am both days. This meeting is open to all member festivals and any number of festival representatives may join in. Please contact the PABC office by October 9, for an invitation to this meeting. 

Posted July 31
PABC has been chosen as a beneficiary of the new Canada Helps Adaptation and Innovation Fund: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/covid-19-charity-adaptation-and-innovation-fund/. The fund will be accepting donations until September 30.

Posted May 26, 2020
The PABC Spring Meeting will be held via a conferencing platform on Thursday, June 11 at 7:00pm. This meeting is open to all member festivals and any number of festival representatives may join in. Please contact the PABC office by June 5, to be invited to this meeting. 

Posted April 2, 2020
As PABC indicated in their March 22 announcement regarding the cancellation of the 2020 BC Provincial Festival, 2020 adjudicator nominated provincial representatives may use their 2020 nomination for the 2021 BC Provincial Festival. Please read the requirements for this here.

Posted March 31, 2020
We are pleased to announce that the 2021 BC Provincial Festival will be hosted by Cranbrook, from June 1 - 5, almost a year to the day later than planned! A huge thank you to the Cranbrook Host Committee.

Posted March 30, 2020.
Cowichan Festival is deeply sorry to announce the passing of Leslie Sjoberg on March 25 at the age of 89. Leslie was involved in the leadership of the Cowichan Festival for 32 years and also served on the Board of Performing Arts BC. She will be greatly missed.

Leslie Sjoberg obituary

Posted March 22, 2020
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. They will 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 a higher level. We do however encourage all young performing arts competitors to compete in the 2021 local festival nearest you. Local festivals may qualify their usual complement of provincial festival competitors in 2021. We just might have a bigger than usual provincial festival next year!

Looking forward to seeing you all at the 2021 Provincial Festival! Stay healthy and safe!
The Board of Performing Arts BC


November 15, 2019 - Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies and RBC Foundation Award $28,000 to Youth-Led Projects (This article has been condensed)
In conjunction with November 15th as National Philanthropy Day, the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies (CFKR) and RBC Foundation are thrilled to announce that they are providing a total of $28,000 in grants to local, youth-led projects.
In Cranbrook, $10,500 has been granted to the June 2020 BC Performing Arts Festival (Provincial Festival 2020).
“It’s so exciting to receive this support to help our communities. Thank you to the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies and RBC Foundation for recognizing the impact young leaders can make,” said Mya Robinson, youth leader with the BC Performing Arts Festival in Cranbrook.
As a part of the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, grants like these are being made to youth-led projects in 150 small and medium sized communities across Canada.
“The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies is so pleased to partner with RBC Foundation to bring these funds and this opportunity to our region,” stated Michele Bates, CFKR Board President.
The goal of the RBC Future Launch program is to shift the power to young leaders making positive social or environmental change in their communities, while gaining valuable skills and experience.
“Young people are not future leaders — they are leading social and environmental change right now. We are honoured to play a role in the bold change that youth are leading across the country through this national initiative with RBC,” said Andrew Chunilall, CEO of Community Foundations of Canada.
Karl Sterk, RBC Branch Manager-Cranbrook added, “We are thrilled to see the results of this important partnership with the Community Foundations of Canada, supporting positive, youth-led projects in communities across the country.” 
**About the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies:
Established in 2003 as a federally incorporated not-for-profit and a CRA-registered charity, the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies is governed by a 13-member, volunteer Board of Directors and employs one staff person. CFKR holds a total of approximately $2.5 million in 37 permanently invested funds. Since its first community grants in 2004, the Community Foundation has shared almost $500,000 with local projects and programs in our communities. Participating in the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge builds on the Community Foundation’s long-time support to local youth and youth leadership.
**About RBC Future Launch Community Challenge:
The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is hosted by Community Foundations of Canada and participating community foundations and is made possible thanks to a $5M donation from RBC Foundation. It is part of RBC Future Launch, a commitment by RBC and the RBC Foundation to empower Canadian youth for the jobs of tomorrow. Over the next 10 years, RBC Future Launch is dedicating $500 million to help young people access meaningful employment through practical work experience, skills development opportunities, networking solutions and mental well-being supports and services.



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