Cariboo Festival begins this Monday

The band and instrumental section kicks off the annual Cariboo Festival to a rousing start on Monday, March 31.

The band and instrumental section kicks off the annual Cariboo Festival to a rousing start on Monday, March 31.

The festival committee invites the community to visit our new website and check out performance times, sponsors and so much more.

The festival committee invites the community to come out and enjoy the performances. Mark your calendars and come to hear the performances and clean informative and often entertaining critiques from the adjudicators.

Let’s all celebrate the arts of this community together.

Some of the highlights for this year’s festival include all school bands performing, 50 violin and fiddle pieces, 25 humorous poems being recited and dramatized, choirs and soloists performing Baroque through Contemporary pieces and a special night of piano hosting the Gail Carson Chopin competition along with a Haydn Concerto.

In total there are 73 band and Instrumental entries, 72 speech arts entries, 62 vocal and choral entries, 96 piano entries and 11 creative writing entries.

A special, evening choir concert featuring the Cariboo Men’s Choir, Quintet Plus, the Just for Fun women’s Friday night choir and the Angelkey’s Children’s Choir will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8 at St. Andrew’s United Church. Check out

The band and instrumental section will be held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church and at some of the schools on March 31 and April 1 with Gordon Lucas as adjudicator.

The Speech Arts section takes place April 2 and 3 at Calvary Church with Susan Bertoia as adjudicator.

The Vocal and Choral section runs April 7 and 8 at St. Andrew’s United Church with Erica Northcott as adjudicator.

The piano section of competition runs April 14 and 15 at Calvary Church with Yvette Rowledge as adjudicator.

The festival wraps up with the Honours Concert at Cariboo Bethel Church starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.

Information about the adjudicators, sponsors and much more is available on the Cariboo Festival website at

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