Performing arts festival returning to FSJ

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A variety of performing arts competitions will be taking place at the annual Peace River North Festival (Festival of Arts).

The festival begins on April 3 taking place at the North Peace Cultural Center. It will include a variety of performing arts categories, with competitors representing various studios across the Peace Region.

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The contest will be judged by professional adjudicators, who will be flying in from Vancouver and other areas within the province.

The piano portion of the competition will be taking place April 3-5, choir on April 5 and instrumental on April 6. Bands will also be competing on April 6, with beginner bands taking the stage at 1 pm and senior bands competing at 6:30 p.m.

There will also be a portion of the festival dedicated to speech and multiple categories of dance. Speech will be taking place April 7 and the various dance competitions will occur April 7-10.

The festival concludes with an honours concert known as the “Best of the Fest”, showcasing the festival’s top performers. Contestants chosen to participate in the finale will be selected by the adjudicators. The “Best of the Fest” will take place April 10 at 7 p.m.

Those who emerge victorious from their specific categories will have the privilege of competing at the Provincial Festival, taking place in Kamloops from June 5-9.

The public is encouraged to attend and show support for the local talent, with tickets available for purchase at the Cultural Centre. General Admission costs $12, with children and seniors costing $6.

For more information, please contact Connie Desfosses at 250-785-9454 or Margaret May at 250-785-2001.

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