(Victoria Pride Parade 2017 - Victoria Pride Society/Facebook)

This week the City of Victoria announced that its Festival Investment Grant program (FIG) will support 46 festivals in 2023. 

As part of this pilot project, the following Victoria-based events and festivals will split $390,470 in funding to enhance Victoria’s vibrancy, while celebrating our cultural diversity.

Some of the events that will receive funding include:

  • Victoria Pride Week 
  • Outstages Festival 
  • African and Caribbean Cultural Week 
  • Khalsa Day Parade 
  • Folktoria Multicultural Festival
  • Festival Mexicano 
  • One Wave Gathering
  • Rendez-vous Victoria
  • Victoria Highland Games

Among the projects funded are five community celebrations, seven new or emerging festivals, 30 established festivals, three signature festivals, and a community-led Canada Day celebration.

“This year, the Festival Investment Grant program had a record number of applications from local non-profit organizations,” said Mayor Marianne Alto in a press release. 

“I’m thrilled to see the exciting lineup of diverse, inclusive, family-friendly events, from dance and theatre to music and community performance. This signals Victoria’s return to a strong festival season, which we are all very much anticipating,” said Alto. 

In addition to those selected, Penmar Community Arts Society has been awarded funding to produce a large-scale Inner Harbour celebration including live entertainment and family-friendly activities.

 Many of the festivals receiving funding are celebrations of the diverse cultures and communities that make up Victoria. 

Victoria residents and visitors will also have a wide range of artistic disciplines to choose from, whether it’s a day at the Art Gallery Paint-In, enjoying the Symphony in the Summer Festival, or taking in a performance during SKAMpede. 

The FIG program, now in its 24th year, has seen more than $4 million in grants nurture the development and sustainability of high-quality annual festivals and celebrations.

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