“Live at Squamish music and arts festival, based not only on music, but community-building.”

A huge thank you to Darah Hansen, Vancouver Sun, for this wonderful article! http://bit.ly/iue5jT

Here are some sage comments from some “seasoned Festival organizers” and I congratulate each and every one of them for their devotion, care, and creativity and sticking power!

Here is a question posed by Darah Hansen, Vancouver Sun dahansen@vancouversun.com

“Just what are our local festivals doing right? And while we’re at it, what does it take to pull off a successful musical event year after year?”

Some answers:

….“survival is unquestionably a labour of love.”

….“As far as money goes, said Gwen Kallio, Folk Fest spokeswoman, “there are no givens. There are no guarantees. “We take nothing for granted.”

….“For John Orysik, co-founder of the jazz festival, it all began with a “huge leap of faith.”

…..”Runnals,  of Live at Squamish, is also confident there is an appetite in the Metro regional market to support a wide range of summer music festivals, large and small, including his own.

He’s banking on positive reviews from last year’s event, including both the music and the mountain location, to nearly double the size of this summer’s crowd.

The goal, he said, is to see the festival grow into an annual event embraced by families and festival-lovers of all ages, similar to Coachella or Sasquatch.

“What we are trying to do is a little more aligned with the European festival experience, which is very much about building community and about bringing people together. Yes, there is music as an anchor, for sure, but it is not the only thing that is happening,” he said.

One thing that’s certain is that the Squamish festival isn’t going away any time soon. “We didn’t go into this blindly,” Runnals said.

“You’ve got to have the patience and you’ve got to have the belief that it’s the right thing to do.”

Everyone in B.C. get out there and support your local festivals – they are homemade for you and our family!

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