The Mission Folk Music Festival celebrates its 29th year from July 22-24 at Fraser River Heritage Park.
Board chair John Vissers credits new community partnerships and the generosity of individuals towards fundraising efforts with building the capacity to offer a show this year.
“We’d like to thank everyone that has donated to our 300X300 campaign or supported us in other ways. So many people want us to continue, it’s been a real boost to our efforts to carry on.”
“The 29th annual event will definitely be a departure from past years,” said Michelle Demers-Shaevitz, general manager.
“The festival will have a more intimate feel both in terms of size and scope. We’ll be smaller but with the same commitment to artistic excellence and eclectic programming, with the heart and passion that has carried this much-loved festival through these many years.”
Sponsored through a generous patron, Friday evening features two acts starting at 7 p.m. and is a gift to the community of Mission. Saturday offers a main stage, side stage and participatory workshops, folk art and import market, food concessions and festival bistro.
At the behest of festival-goers, a children’s area will return, with something for the child in everyone.
Sunday morning starts with a rousing gospel session. An afternoon of blues and a closing party follow, both of which will be held off site.
The full festival lineup will be announced in early June so stayed tuned to the website.
Friday and Sunday events are by donation as organizers ask patrons to “pay what you can.” As a thank you to the community, Saturday’s show will be offered at the reduced rate of $29 per person in recognition of the festival’s 29th year. Youth rate (13-18) is $10 and children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.
On-site camping will be offered on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets for Saturday and on-site camping are on sale now at missionfolk.brownpapertickets.com.