NIFPA 2020

Festival Dates

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Sid Williams Theatre


February 22 to Feb 28, 2020

Workshops 2020

Tips and Reminders for Parents and Participants

Please note our new format for the 2020 Dance Festival

Sat Adj Choices for Dance Gala     Sun Adj Choices for Dance Gala

Mon Adj Choices for Dance Gala     Tues Adj Choices for Dance Gala

Wed Adj Choices for Dance Gala    Thurs Adj. Choices for Dance Gala

Fri Adj Choices for Dance Gala

Placements/Standings for Feb 22 and 23

Placements/Standings for Feb 24

Placements/Standings for Feb. 25

Placements/Standings for Feb 26         Placements/Standing for Feb 27

Placements/Standings for Feb 28

Festival will run per calendar with 1 Wrap Up show.  We will present the Provincial Reps prior to the Show at 6:30 but only groups (small or large) will be in the show (some smaller studios may have a duet/trio but that will be rare)

All the information we provided in our program for the shows is now readily available online so we will change to just producing a line up for the Show.


UPDATE:  No one has come forward with an interest to running festival 2021 onward.  Please consider – this is your chance to give back to the youth in our community.

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!

Dance Gala: Saturday, February 29, 2020 – 7:00 pm

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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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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