Kaitlyn Piccolo performs Spring by Karla Kuskin during the solo speech section at Martin Exeter Hall during last year’s Festival of the Arts. Brendan Kyle Jure photo.

Festival of the Arts registration moved because of Family Day

‘I’m extremely happy with these adjudicators that are lined up’

This year’s Festival of the Arts registration has been moved up as a result of a change to the Family Day weekend.

“As it turns out, the Feb. 16th weekend is the Family Day weekend and so we just don’t feel like a good time to do festival registration. Families will be gone,” says Ginny-Lou Alexander, the communications person for the 2018-2019 committee.

Nothing about the festival itself, however, has changed, according to Alexander.

“I’m extremely optimistic. I have to be every year,” she says with a laugh. “We are hoping that the registration will be really good, maybe better than last year.”

Four adjudicators have already been selected for the festival.

For speech arts, it’s Debbie McGladdery, for piano it’s Holly Duff, for instrumental it’s John White and for vocal it’s Robin Norman.

“I’m extremely happy with these adjudicators that are lined up.”

There are a number of reasons why people should register for the festival, according to Alexander.

“First of all, it’s a very good learning thing for people to practice their discipline and get it out there for one thing and students who are doing any kinds of performing arts need a place to perform and this is a good place for them to perform.”

The Festival of the Arts runs from Monday, April 1 to Saturday April 13.

In order to register, people can get the application online from 100milefestivalofthearts.ca but they will have the wrong date on them as far as Alexander knows.

People can then drop them off at the registration at the Parkside Art Gallery on Feb. 9 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

“See you there.”

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