Thursday, February 22, 2024

These 46 Victoria-based festivals that will receive funding this year


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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