Kootenay Festival of the Arts - Festival Highlights

Concerts at the Capitol Theatre
Festival Highlights Concert April 12th at 7:00 pm
Admission by donation

This venerable two-week festival has been a cultural cornerstone of the history of Nelson and Trail and all the surrounding communities since 1930. Indeed, it is one of the oldest festival traditions in British Columbia. Its goals have always been to inspire, educate, evaluate and promote regional students in the performing arts disciplines of piano, strings, voice, choral, dance, drama and speech arts. The festival supports the many disciplines of performing arts teaching in our region, through schools and private teachers that develop the cultural part of the community fabric. The Kootenay Festival of the Arts has embraced new forms of performing arts expression, while respecting and upholding the historical forms.

The format of the festival is to bring in excellent adjudicators in each discipline to work with students of local private and public school teachers. Some students with unusual proficiency are referred to the provincial festival (Performing Arts BC) where they may excel and be given opportunity to showcase nationally. This festival is actually the only way to participate in the provincial and national festivals

Local impact: The churches and theatre venues of Nelson have always participated in this festival: The Capitol Theatre, Nelson United Church, First Baptist Church, Evangelical Covenant Church and others, as well as yesteryear uses of the Nelson Opera House and Civic Theatre as concert venues. The Festival opens opportunities for many volunteers to manage the venues and welcome the participants; many of these people are our seniors. Children as young as four years old participate as well as adult learners. Local businesses and sponsors have been pleased to contribute in support of the event since its inception. It is estimated that 3000 people are involved in this festival as participants, session audiences, sponsors, volunteers and two full-house Festival Highlights audiences, all descending upon the downtown or church neighbourhoods of Nelson, dining and using hotels for a two week period. The festival has historically served to bind the region culturally, as Trail and Nelson have alternated and shared this event for so many years. The participants come from as far afield as Creston and Argenta, dance participants from Spokane and the Okanagan.

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