Cariboo Festival begins on April 3

The Cariboo Festival board and committee welcome the community to the month-long festival which begins April 3 with speech arts.

The Cariboo Festival board and committee extend a warm welcome to all participants, volunteers, teachers, adjudicators, sponsors and others involved with the 2012 Cariboo Festival which starts Tuesday, April 3.

The festival will wrap up with the Honours Concert on May 5 at 7 p.m. at Cariboo Bethel Church.

The traditional Spotlight Concert has been cancelled for this year due to a shortage of volunteers.

Speech Arts is the first performance category on April 3-4 at the Calvary Church.

Band and Instrumental will follow April 11-12 at St. Peter’s Anglican Church.  Creative Writing will receive adjudication April 13 at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre.  Vocal entries will perform April 16-18 at St. John Lutheran Church.

Piano performances will be held April 23-26 at the Calvary Tabernacle Church.

Adjudicators for the disciplines are Catherine Hansen from Prince George for speech arts, Sebastian Ostertag from Prince George for band and instrumental,  Lorne Dufour from McLeese Lake for creative writing, Alexandra Babbel from Kelowna  for voice and Lori Elder from Prince George for piano.

The public is invited to attend the competition with the understanding that photographs are not permitted during the performances that are being adjudicated. Pictures are permitted during the teaching sessions with the adjudicators following the performances.

Preschool children are not permitted in the concert halls during the performances while contestants are being judged. Winners at Cariboo Festival go on to compete at the provincial festival May 27 to 31 in Nanaimo.  Winners there go to the national festival Aug. 16-18 in Fort McMurray, Alberta.