Mission Statement

The Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival Association is a volunteer-based organization.  We are dedicated to working with performing arts educators to develop artistic skills and a love of the performing arts for all ages and skill levels in music, dance and speech arts.  Our annual community festival provides reputable professionals who foster inclusion, education and performance opportunity during adjudicated sessions.  We celebrate participation, achievement and excellence through a series of special concerts and an awards program.

For six weeks from March to May, over nine thousand Victoria-area performers and students of music, dance and dramatic arts are on stages throughout the city receiving adjudications from renowned experts in the arts. Performances in Brass, Classical Guitar, Choral, Composition, Dance (School and Studio), Ethnic Dance, Fiddle, Musical Theatre, Piano, School Bands, School Orchestras, Speech and Dramatic Arts, Strings, Voice and Woodwinds by talented youngsters and adults take place daily throughout Festival. Our Highlights concerts showcase the amazing talent. Dozens of significant awards and trophies are presented including the Rose Bowl (Classical Voice), the City of Victoria Medallion Tray (Piano), and the Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship, the largest of its type in Canada.

The public is warmly invited to all adjudicated sessions and Highlights Concerts to enjoy the incredible talent and support our performers. Many volunteers help make the Festival a success.

Please go to our YouTube channel to learn more.

Bylaws and Constitution

The current Bylaws and Constitution, as approved at the October 2017 Annual General Meeting, can be found here

 Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship Concert

This concert features a handful of musicians who excel and are recommended during the sessions by the Adjudicators. On the evening of the Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship Concert, each candidate has twenty minutes to perform. The three-member jury, consisting of highly regarded professionals in varying disciplines, then consults and returns to announce the winner of the $5,000 scholarship which must be used towards further musical education.

The Festival Association

The GVPAFA is a non-profit society incorporated in 1927. It is a registered charity under the Income Tax Act. The Festival is supported by approximately 300 volunteers.

Privacy Policy

The Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival Association  (“Festival) respects your rights to privacy. Our policy is that personal information provided by you will be safeguarded to the best of our ability and not shared with others except as required by law. Our obligations apply to anyone who has contact with or is associated with Festival, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, participants and their parents, their teachers, adjudicators, volunteers and staff of Festival. Personal information means any information, recorded in any form, about a person and includes, but is not limited to, name, address, telephone number, and email address. Personal information is stored in our databases and in hard copy files. Only authorized Festival personnel have access to the information in order to do their respective jobs. Festival takes appropriate measures to secure this information. Collection, use, disclosure and retention of personal information must comply with the provisions of the British Columbia Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”). Festival does not disclose your information to other public bodies or individuals except as authorized by law. Festival keeps your personal information only as long as it is required for the reasons it was collected. Any photos in Festival promotional materials are used with consent as authorized on the registration form by the parent, student, staff or teacher. Please note Festival has no control over public sharing of images by non-staff members that is done on their own behalf. (example, Facebook, YouTube or other). Festival will protect the personal financial information you give us. Festival’s privacy officers are the President and Office Administrator. They can be reached at 250-386-9223 or by email at festival@gvpaf.org.

Provincial and National Festival Relationship

Of the participants who perform at the Festival, some are chosen by the Adjudicators to represent Victoria as Provincial or National delegates at the Provincial Festival. Winners of National level classes at the Provincial Festival will represent the Province when competing in the National Music Festival. The Provincial (Performing Arts BC) and National Music Festivals are independently run and are separate associations from the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival.