Cariboo Festival wraps up with Honours Concert Saturday

The Cariboo Festival 2012 Honours Concert this Saturday evening wraps up a month-long celebration of performing and literary arts.

The Cariboo Festival 2012 Honours Concert this Saturday evening wraps up a month-long celebration of performing and literary arts in the lakecity.

The Honours Concert featuring performances by outstanding musicians, singers, choirs, speakers, musical theatre entertainers and more takes place at Cariboo Bethel Church starting at 7 p.m.

During the evening awards will be presented to various winners and at the end of the evening organizers will announce this year’s delegates to the provincial festival taking place May 27 to 31 in Nanaimo. The national festival takes place Aug. 16 to 18 in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

The goal of the Cariboo Festival Society is to encourage the development of the arts within Williams Lake and the surrounding area, say festival organizers who are all volunteers.

The mission of the festival experience is to travel with others along the path to artistic excellence. Through a month-long spring festival, the Cariboo Festival promotes educational and artistic growth in music — voice, piano and a variety of instruments; and in speech arts and creative writing.

The festival annually serves hundreds of participants from schools and the community through individual classes, championship playoffs, and the Spotlight and Honours concerts. Participants receive instruction by highly qualified adjudicators from around B.C. who this year included Catherine Hansen from Prince George for speech arts, Sebastian Ostertag from Prince George for Band and Instrumental,  Alexandra Babbel from Kelowna  for voice, Lori Elder from Prince George for piano, and Lorne Dufour from McLeese Lake for creative writing.

Some of the work by creative writing winners is featured on this page.