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Posted: June 6, 2020

We look forward to being in Cranbrook in 2021

Letter to the Editor

As your community is aware, the 2020 Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival was to have been held in Cranbrook, June 2 – 6. As with many events sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to postpone the Festival until 2021 when it will take place from June 1 – 5!

We are incredibly disappointed that we are unable to hold an annual event this year; the Provincial Festival is the high point of the festival year in B.C., bringing together the very best young performers for 4 days of performances, workshops, classes and highlight concerts all of which are open to the public. Annually in B.C. alone, over 24,000 young participants take part in a performing arts festival in their area and between 500 and 700 of them are recommended to the Provincial Festival each year.

We cannot put this event on without the tireless work of the local host committee and the support of local organizations.

Thank you to all groups in Cranbrook and the surrounding area who had already shown support for the 2020 BC Provincial Festival.

This includes the City of Cranbrook, Regional District of East Kootenay, City of Kimberley, Cranbrook Tourism, Sunrise and Afternoon Rotary, Fraternal Order of Eagles, St Eugene Mission, Community Futures, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, Blue Sky Realty, Rella, Paolini, and Rogers, Lotic Environmental, Connect Church, BDO, College of the Rockies, MLA Tom Shypitka, Spring Honda, Ramex Renovations and Bumble Tree.

Local business/organizations that have donated their space include: Connect Church, Fellowship Baptist Church, Abundant Life Church, Kootenay Dance Academy, Stages School of Dance, and Mountain Life Hot Yoga Studio.

Provincial organizations include RBC Future Launch Program and The Hamber Foundation. We look forward to being in Cranbrook in 2021 and are delighted by the continued support being shown for this event.

Until we are actually able to be there, please continue to support the performing arts in the East Kootenay and particularly the East Kootenay Performing Arts Festival, our hosts for the Provincial Festival.

Stay safe and be well.

Antonia Mahon,

Executive Director

On behalf of the Board of PABC

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