Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival
From March 30 to May 12, 2012 several thousand Victoria area performers and students of music, dance and theatre arts are on stages throughout the city receiving adjudications from renowned experts in the arts.
The Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival
includes performances in Brass, Classical Guitar, Choral, Composition, Dance (Ethnic, School and Studio), Fiddle, Musical Theatre, Piano, School Bands, School Orchestras, Speech and Dramatic Arts, Strings, Vocal and Woodwinds by talented youngsters and adults take place daily each Spring.
A dozen Honours concerts showcase the amazing talent. Dozens of significant awards and trophies are presented including the Rose Bowl (Vocal), the City of Victoria Medallion Tray (Piano), and the Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship. Events Calendar
As a proud supporter of the festival, Accent Inns will donate $5 (per room night) to GVPAF for every Festival booking at our Victoria hotel during the event. “Mention that you are with the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival” when you call to book.
1-800-663-0298 or 250-475-7500
The "Festival" began in 1927 as the Victoria Music Festival, its purpose being "to promote, arrange and carry on competitive musical festivals, and to engage in other activities having as their object the development of musical ability and appreciation of good music and its allied arts". At that time it was a major event in the City's cultural and social life with - according to the Mayor in 1935 - one-tenth of Victoria's population represented. Two of the trophies currently awarded have their roots in those first years - the Rose Bowl (voice) and the City of Victoria Medallion (piano).
Over the years, the name has changed to reflect the addition of studio dance and speech arts and instruments have been added and deleted. Currently, there are classes in Brass, Choral, Classical Guitar, Composers, Ethnic Performance, Fiddle, Harp, Piano, School Dance, School Bands, Speech and Dramatic Arts, Strings, Studio Dance, Orchestras, Vocal and Woodwinds. Participants range in age from 4 - 70 years.