At their Oct. 26 meeting, Fort St. John city councillors voted to give $4,000 to the Peace River North Festival Association to host the Performing Arts B.C. Provincial Festival next spring.
The funding will come from council’s discretionary grant fund, for which $10,000 is budgeted each year.
The festival will take place at the North Peace Cultural Centre from May 31 to June 4, 2016.
The Peace River North Festival Association was requesting $24,000 from the city, but their request “far exceeds the $10,000 included in the 2016 budget for discretionary grants,” according to a staff report to council.
Staff recommended the grant be valued at $4,000, the same amount the Festival Association requested from the Peace River Regional District.
The association needs $4,000 to buy a vinyl floor for the North Peace Cultural Centre, which would become property of the centre after the provincials as part of the local legacy from the event.
Performing Arts B.C. is a non-profit charity that acts as an umbrella organization for 34 regional performing arts festivals throughout B.C. The province’s most promising young performers are recommended for the provincials, where they compete and participate in classes and workshops.