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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.

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The Festival - entering its 90th year!

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 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

May 13, 2017 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.

Provincial and National Festival Relationship

Of the participants who perform at the Festival, some are chosen 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 Festival supports competitions in brass, classical guitar, piano, strings, voice, woodwinds, choirs, ensembles, speech arts, ballet, modern and stage dance.  Competitions are at the Junior, Intermediate and Senior levels.  These levels may not be the same as at the local Festival. 

The Provincial Festival also supports competitions in the selection of participants for the National Music Festival.  The National Music Festival, sponsored by the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals and the hosting Provincial Festival supports competitions in brass, classical guitar, piano, strings, voice, woodwinds, choirs and ensembles. 

The Provincial (Performing Arts BC) and National Music Festivals are independently run and are  separate associations from the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival.