NIFPA 2021

Festival Dates

Old Church Theatre (dates may alter but will try to keep within posted dates below)


February 24 to March 5, 2021

Now Open for Festival 2021!

Click here to Register for Festival 2021 **

Deadline for submissions – NOVEMBER 15, 2020

**Do NOT pay for entries:  Submit them for registration only and payment will be required in January when we confirm that the festival will run.   All studios please email a list of potential qualifiers for provincials in case we run workshops.  

Festival 2021

We are planning to host a festival in 2021 – still working on details.  Registration will be held November 1-15 as usual.  No large groups.  We will have all info for you as soon as possible.  When we know – you will know.  Still looking for Executive Board Members to lighten the load and committed Festival Committee members.  Our AGM will be virtual – date to be determined – aiming for 2nd week in October.

Dance Gala Program

Awards/Trophys/Scholarships 2020

To purchase videos from Festival 2020 and previous years

Tips and Reminders for Parents and Participants

All Placements and Standings – 2020 (please note – if a group was in the Dance Gala, their placement and standing is noted on the last page – just what happens within the program when we move groups for access to the music)


UPDATE:  As of March 2020, only Dance will be running for 2021

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.



Wrap-Up Show

Dance Gala Participants Information

Dance Gala: Cancelled due to COVID restrictions

There will be a presentation of our Provincial Reps at 6:30 prior to show.


The Dance Gala is our only fundraiser-$25 (this includes all Sid fees totaling $4.50); Seniors and Children are $20 (includes Sid fees of $4.50)

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Click to Volunteer

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

Donate to NIFPA 2021




After months of hard work, many dedicated students from all over Vancouver Island are converging on the Comox Valley to strut their stuff. The 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 for over 40 years. The performing arts disciplines represented include Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Variety , and Hip-Hop.

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.

Donate to NIFPA 2021!


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


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