NIFPA 2020

Festival Dates

Sid Williams Theatre


February 22 to Feb 29, 2020

Festival 2020 Registration

Now Open for Festival 2020!

Deadline for submissions – NOVEMBER 15, 2019


After many requests for help running a full festival, our board decided at the AGM we will only be hosting Dance for our 2020 Festival.  This decision was not made lightly and everything is in place if volunteers come on board to run the 2021 Full Festival.  In the meantime, Mid Island Performing Arts Festival (previously known as Upper Island in Nanaimo) has adjusted their rules to allow participants from our boundaries to compete in their festival a full participants.  Click on the name above and it will take you to their website for further information.



Definitions of Volunteer Roles



List of Roles 2019/20

Wrap-Up Shows 

TECH SHEETS for Dance performers Friday and Saturday night.  We can use the music from the festival program unless there was incorrect versions submitted – in that case bring a CD!

Festival Variety Showcase: Friday, March 6, 2020 – 7:00 pm



Dance Gala: Saturday, March 7, 2020 – 7:00 pm


Both shows are fundraisers-$20 (this includes all Sid fees totaling $4.50) All shows are at the Sid Williams Theatre.

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If you are looking to help out with Venue Coordination for Strings/Vocal/Piano, please email

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After months of hard work, over 1,000 dedicated students from all over Vancouver Island are converging on the Comox Valley to strut their stuff. The 41st Annual North Island Festival of Performing Arts (NIFPA) is a non-profit society dedicated to providing a festival for students to perform before audiences and adjudicators. The performing arts disciplines represented include musical theatre, strings, speech arts, fiddle, piano, vocal, ballet, modern dance, stage dance, and hip-hop dance.

NIFPA begins with Music and Speech Arts performances at St. John the Divine Anglican Church (if we can find leaders/coordinators). Dance performances will be held at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay and run from February 22nd to February 29th. The public are invited to watch the festival, which occurs in sessions throughout the day and evening. Potential audience members should keep in mind that these are adjudicated performances with pauses between performances. Admission is $3 drop in per session or $10/day. There are also passes for the entire festival for $25.

This local festival is a member of Performing Arts BC (Provincials). Each year, students are sent to Provincials where those chosen get to perform in a similar process, on a more advanced scale. Last year’s Provincials were held in Chilliwach 2019 and will be held in Cranbrook 2020.

The fine arts flourish at the festival and NIFPA feels it is important to value and further develop these talented youth and to encourage them to have personal growth and development in their discipline. The performances gather the various V.I. communities together in celebration of a common cause and allow the public to embrace the amazing talent we have on our island.

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“We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.”


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