Photo by Lesley Chisholm


Festival Thanks…


On behalf of the Kootenay Festival of the Arts,
we extend a thank you to all our
Participants, Volunteers, Adjudicators, and Sponsors
for the success of this year’s Festival!

Two exciting weeks of the Kootenay Festival of the Arts 2019 culminated in the Highlights Concert at Charles Bailey’s Theatre in Trail on April 27, 2019. There were music, dance and song, awards and provincial nominations. Ian Douglas Smith award went to Lucas Alexander of Nelson and many other students were recognized with monetary awards and certificates of merit.

Each year, Kootenay Festival and other regional festivals all over BC send their most promising young artists to the provincial festival where they compete and participate in adjudicated sessions, master classes, coaching, workshops and technique classes with some of North America’s finest adjudicators. This year, the record number of 16 Kootenay youth qualified to compete at the BC Provincial Festival of The Arts in Chilliwack, May 26-30, 2019. 21 more will attend as merited participants. 

Of the 16 competitors, Lucas Alexander (clarinet) and Nico Bucher (trumpet) will represent Nelson at the Provincials for the 2nd time.  Last year, at the 2018 BC Provincials in Victoria, Lucas Alexander was a runner up in the Intermediate Woodwinds and Nico Bucher won 1st place in the Junior Brass category.

While provincial hopefuls are ramping up their practice polishing their provincial entries, Trail festival committee volunteers relax in the afterglow.




The Nelson committee is already starting to plan for April 2020

It might seem like a long time away, but make a note of the registration deadline- February 1st, 2020.

Dance, March 30th – April 4th, 2020
Dance Highlights Concert, April 4th, 2020 at 7:00 pm, Capitol Theatre
Music, April 14th – April 18th, 2020 
Music Highlights Concert, April 18th, 2020, at 7:00 pm, Capitol Theatre

We hope to see you either on stage or in the audience
at the next festival in Nelson.