Follow Up Report From the 18th Annual John Arcand Fiddle Fest
Mother Nature was a real “trickster” this year. We started with two of the hottest days of the summer – then had torrential downpours on Saturday and a cool cloudy Sunday, but overall it didn’t hamper the spirit of the weekend and the positive atmosphere of celebration! It definitely made us, once again, very thankful for the Roof and the shelter it provides.
We are happy to say that we see an increase in day attendance. Which punctuates the success of our ongoing work to make more “local” folks aware of this amazing cultural happening that is in their backyard, and we will continue to work further on that. With several early arrivals this year, the un-serviced camping in the hayfield became a temporary village by Tuesday prior to the Festival. With the timing of our event overlapping with so many others this year, it was good to see so many come out. The 18th annual John Arcand Fiddle Fest presented by PotashCorp was a success, and it remains to be an inexpensive and accessible summer destination!
The FREE workshops offered for the weekend have hit a whopping 105! Fiddle, jigging and guitar run on Thursday and Friday, so the numbers were great in those genres, there is a slight decrease in the Cultural Camp numbers on Saturday due to the rain. However, the overall workshop attendance has increased a bit, which shows us we are on the right path and the dissemination of the arts forms is working.
Concerts and Dances
The daytime programming and evening concerts presented a wonderful array of genres. From Folk to Bluegrass, Irish to First Nation – we really mixed it up this year and the feedback was great! The popular Instructor’s Showcase and our Saturday Night feature “John Arcand and Special Friends” are both showcases that are revered by all who attend and were met with the usual warm reception and standing ovations.
The Friday and Saturday night old time dances continue to grow in popularity and it is so great to see the young people taking part. With several square dances worked into the Friday Night dance – a lot more “swing your partner” took place and the dance floor was packed.
We had a total of 51 fiddlers compete this year. The Novice category (12 and under) and the Junior category (13-17) – both had a huge increase in numbers, which shows us that the future of fiddle is great – and we are indeed passing it on to the next generation. Click here for the 2015 competition results.
THANK YOU! Sponsors, funders, participants, spectators, performers, instructors, volunteers and seasonal staff, the 18th Annual John Arcand Fiddle Fest was a great success and you all played an important role in it! We are busy planning the 19th Annual, which will take place August 11th to the 14th, 2016 – hope to see you there!
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