The Vancouver Folks Music Competition is not going to be returning to the town in 2023, because the altering occasion panorama and rising manufacturing prices leaves the long-term way forward for the occasion hanging within the stability.
An announcement from the pageant’s society on Tuesday mentioned it might take an additional $500,000 to provide a pageant this summer time, which might be “sadly not life like or sustainable” with its present money circulation.
“We got here again in 2022 to seek out the pageant atmosphere enormously modified,” learn a press release from Mark Zuberbuhler, president of the pageant’s board.
“On prime of prices persevering with to rise, we’re additionally dealing with new financing challenges, which makes the manufacturing of the pageant unsustainable.”
The assertion mentioned it took “Herculean efforts and massively elevated prices simply to cowl the fundamentals of manufacturing” for the 2022 pageant — the primary to be held since 2019 — because the price to host music occasions has risen sharply in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“For instance, lots of our distributors now require cost up-front, which our money circulation doesn’t permit for,” mentioned Zuberbuhler.
Society’s future unsure
Past the rapid cancellation of any pageant this yr, the Vancouver Folks Music Competition Society (VFMFS) may very well be dissolved solely.
The society — a not-for-profit, charitable group — hosts year-round concert events and occasions along with the flagship, volunteer-run pageant.
“Given these difficulties and the present monetary place of the society, the VFMFS board of administrators has regrettably agreed on a advice to members that the society ought to stop operations by the top of March 2023 to assist make sure the society meets its fiduciary obligations,” the assertion learn.
Members will vote on whether or not to dissolve the society on Feb. 1.
An announcement concerning the pageant’s long-term future is anticipated the next day.
The third version of the Vancouver Folks Music Competition, in 1980, occurred at Jericho Seaside. (VFMF)
The three-day pageant has been a fixture of the area’s arts and tradition scene for practically 45 years. Constantly one of the vital widespread celebrations, the pageant discovered success in its heartfelt group ambiance and dedication to carry concert-goers music from everywhere in the world — from bluegrass to Celtic people and indie rock.
The occasion prevailed lately even when different modern mega-festivals failed, together with these in Squamish and Pemberton.
The folks pageant, lengthy held at Jericho Seaside Park, didn’t go forward in 2020 and 2021 on account of pandemic restrictions on concert events and huge gatherings.