Music, Vocal, and Speech Arts
Festival Variety Showcase: Friday, March 3, 2017 – 7:00pm
Provincial Rep Showcase: Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 1:00pm
Dance Gala: Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 7:00pm
Evening shows are $20 – Matinee by donation
All shows are at the Sid Williams Theatre
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 February 5th with Music and Speech Arts performances at the Old Church Theatre and continues there through to February 13th. Dance performances will be held at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay and run from February 18th to February 26th. 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 $2 drop in or $5/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 Fort St. John and will be held in Kamloops – 2017.
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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