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Greater Victoria
Performing Arts Festival
21-21 Dallas Road
Victoria, BC V8V 4Z9
phone 250-386-9223
fax 250-380-6791

Performing Arts BC
Provincial Festival

Each regional festival sends its most promising young artists between the ages of 10 and 28 to participate in the annual Provincial Festival. The five-day event encompasses special master classes, lectures, coaching, workshops, technique classes and adjudications.

Please click on the link to the left for "Award Recipients"

The Festival -
entering its 88th year!

For six weeks from March to May, over five 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 Performance, 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 Honours 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 Honours Concerts to enjoy the incredible talent and support our performers. Many volunteers help make the Festival a success.

Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship Concert

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Phillip T. Young Rectal Hall (UVIC)

This concert features a handful of musicians who excel and are highly recommended during the sessions by the Adjudicators. On the evening of the Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship Concert, each performer has twenty minutes to perform two selections. Candidates can be singers or instrumentalists. The three-member jury (consisting of highly regarded professionals in varying disciplines) then consults and returns to announce the winner of the substantial 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. Volunteer-based and managed by an elected Board of Directors, the Festival has six weeks of classes, concerts and special competitions during April and May each year.  The Festival is supported by approximately 300 volunteers.