P.E.I. Mu­tual Fes­ti­val of Small Halls seeks venues for 2016

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The P.E.I. Mu­tual Fes­ti­val of Small Halls is cur­rently seek­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from com­mu­nity-based ru­ral halls to host com­po­nents of the P.E.I. Mu­tual Fes­ti­val of Small Halls, to take place, June 12-25.

The first Fes­ti­val of Small Halls was pro­duced by Small Halls Inc. and pre­sented in 2008. The event was an is­land­wide tra­di­tional mu­sic event held in 14 com­mu­nity halls across Prince Ed­ward Is­land and on two Northum­ber­land fer­ries.

Since then, the an­nual fes­ti­val, now known as the P.E.I. Mu­tual Fes­ti­val of Small Halls, has grown to 43 shows in 43 ru­ral Is­land com­mu­nity venues in 2015, de­light­ing at­ten­dees from all over North Amer­ica.

The fes­ti­val brought to­gether mu­si­cians, dancers, artists, tra­di­tional mu­sic fans, and com­mu­nity hall com­mit­tees to cel­e­brate ex­cep­tional mu­sic, sto­ry­telling, and dance in many small ru­ral halls.

Now in its eighth year, this award-win­ning fes­ti­val mixes mu­sic and dance from P.E.I.'s rich Ir­ish, Scot­tish and Aca­dian cul­tures, along with the Is­land's proud tra­di­tion of singer-song­writ­ers and sto­ry­tellers.

“It is our in­ten­tion to take ex­cep­tional shows to trea­sured places many Is­lan­ders have yet to dis­cover, and to pro­vide a high de­gree of co­op­er­a­tion with the com­mu­nity halls in or­der to pro­vide an in­com­pa­ra­ble, cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence to our con­cert go­ers,” said Chad Stretch, pres­i­dent of the board of direc­tors for Small Halls Inc., the or­ga­nizer of the P.E.I. Mu­tual Fes­ti­val of Small Halls.

“Our staff will be avail­able to work with hall vol­un­teers and staff to an­swer ques­tions and as­sist th­ese venues in the rolling out of this fan­tas­tic event.”

Ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est doc­u­ments (in­clud­ing cri­te­ria for host­ing) and ap­pli­ca­tion forms have been dis­trib­uted to com­mu­nity halls across P.E.I. If a small hall did not re­ceived the doc­u­ments by email by Jan. 1, visit www.small­halls.com or con­tact the fes­ti­val of­fice at 902892-2308 or email info@small­halls.com.

The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tion forms is Jan. 15.

It must be noted that the lo­cal or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee may not nec­es­sar­ily be a ru­ral small hall but can be an ex­ist­ing group with or­ga­niz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, an ad­e­quate vol­un­teer base and the abil­ity to uti­lize a lo­cal hall and ful­fil the cri­te­ria out­lined in the ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est doc­u­ment.

The P.E.I.Mu­tual Fes­ti­val of Small Halls staff and board of direc­tors will be re­spon­si­ble for pro­gram­ming all stages, book­ing the per­for­mances, pay­ing per­form­ers, pro­vid­ing travel and ac­com­mo­da­tions, where nec­es­sary, mar­ket­ing the fes­ti­val and pro­vid­ing all pro­duc­tion in­clud­ing tech­ni­cians and stage man­age­ment for the con­certs.

Small Halls Inc. is making ev­ery ef­fort to make the halls aware of the ap­pli­ca­tion process, how­ever it is pos­si­ble that the plan­ners do not have cur­rent con­tact in­for­ma­tion for ev­ery hall.

If a hall would like to par­tic­i­pate but doesn't re­ceive no­ti­fi­ca­tion via email, it is up to each in­di­vid­ual hall to con­tact the fes­ti­val of­fice.

Sched­ules and ticket in­for­ma­tion for the 2016 Fes­ti­val will be an­nounced in March.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.small­halls.com, or phone the fes­ti­val of­fice at 902-8922308.

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