NIFPA 2019

Festival Dates

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St. John the Divine Anglican Church

Music, Vocal, and Speech Arts

February 11-15

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Sid Williams Theatre


February 23 to March 3


Weather Conditions

Once again the weather looks to be a bit challenging for us this week.  Due to the nature of our festival with the adjudicators coming from out of town, we will proceed as scheduled.  Monday is the only early morning but while this weather persists, please put the safety of your families first.  Call or text, 250-898-1321 with any last minute info for us.  We will carry on as best we can and be flexible with slotting folks in if they can’t make their scheduled time.  Together we can do this – drive safe!!!

UPDATE Monday night:  Piano is on as scheduled!

Tuesday was great and almost finished Wednesdays Program.  Thanks to everyone for participating.

Looking forward to a full day tomorrow to wrap up piano.  Then on to Friday for Vocal and Musical Theatre.


UPDATE  10:45 session may be delayed.  Waiting at airport for Kevin to arrive.  And we battle the snow again!  Just  a heads up shouldn’t affect the rest of the day.  Reminder to participants to check in when they arrive and all must be there before session starts. – Thanks everyone!

Adjudicator arrived all is on track and on schedule!


Adjudicator Workshop Info

to register send an email with participant’s name, age and which of the 4 workshops they will attend

List of Roles 2018/19

Definitions of Volunteer Roles needed



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

Posting of Dances Encore Performance Invites for Friday and Saturday Night Shows

Posting of Friday Night Encore Performance Invites

Festival Variety Showcase: Friday, March 8, 2019 – 7:00 pm   Information for Performers in the Friday Night Show

Dance Gala: Saturday, March 9, 2019 – 7:00 pm Information for Performers in Saturday Night Show

Both shows are fundraisers-$20 (this includes all Sid fees totalling $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 February 5th with Music and Speech Arts performances at St. John the Divine Anglican Church and continues there through to February 10th. Dance performances will be held at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay and run from February 24th to March 3rd. 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 Victoria 2018 and will be held in Chilliwack – 2019.

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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