Traditional Music Festival coming soon

Plans are already in high gear for this year’s Princeton Traditional Music Festival, which takes place August 15 to 17.

Cooling down during Traditional Music Festival: Orkestar Slivovica took some time out to cool off by playing in the Tulameen River during last year’s Princeton Traditional Music Festival.

Cooling down during Traditional Music Festival: Orkestar Slivovica took some time out to cool off by playing in the Tulameen River during last year’s Princeton Traditional Music Festival.

Plans are already in high gear for this year’s Princeton Traditional Music Festival, which takes place August 15 to 17.  People who have been to previous festivals will know what the excitement is all about. The festival is a weekend of musical celebration that fills the streets of Princeton with smiling people. Fiddle music, banjo tunes and gypsy music waft through the air.

This will be the seventh annual Traditional Music Festival and the organizing committee has already begun its work. About fifty musical performing groups and several dance troupes have been invited including many favourite musicians from past years as well as some new blood.

As usual, the festival will begin on Friday evening with an opening ceremony followed by a participatory dance on Veterans’ Way. Everyone is welcome – no experience necessary and you don’t even have to bring a partner. On Saturday and Sunday there is music from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., right in downtown Princeton. And, it’s all free.

The Committee would love to involve you in this year’s Festival. Last year’s volunteers had a great time. The people who billeted performers all wanted them back again. People are also needed to help with setting up, dismantling and other tasks.

If you’d like to help out, call Jon and Rika at 250-295-6010 or email them at princetonfestival@telus.net. If you want to find out more about the Festival you can go to the web blog – www.princetontraditional.org