Paige Hanson of Osoyoos in this file photo dances her routine in the solo Jazz class in a previous Kiwanis Music Festival. (Mark Brett -Western News)

Young performers on stage at 93rd Okanagan city Kiwanis Music Festival

The annual Penticton Kiwanis Music Festival begins March 1 in its 93rd year.

A local tradition for nearly a century begins again this week with the start of the Penticton Kiwanis Music Festival.

This year there are over 1,500 entries in everything from voice to piano to dance in the 93rd annual running of the festival.

“I’ve been actually involved in the festival here since about 1980 in one way or another and I’m watching grandkids of the students that I watched when I first started,” said Lorna Bull one of a small group of nine committee members who put on the event. “I saw them go through and I saw their kids go through and now their kid’s kids are going through.

“The level of expertise has increased remarkably over the years.”

The initial round of the festival which runs on select days starts March 1 through March 10.

After a break, in which many of the young performers will compete at similar events in Kelowna and Kamloops, competition resumes April 5 with musical theatre followed by dance until the end of the schedule.

Always a highlight is the festival-ending grand Highlights Gala Concert April 27 at the Cleland Theatre.

Adjudicators will also select a number of performers to attend the Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival that this year is in Chilliwack in May.

“I love being around these kids to see how appreciative they are of us doing these things,” said Bull who added the committee is desperately in need of volunteers during the event. “How good they are to each other. The other centres come in with their students and you think ‘my gosh wonder if there is going to be any backstage problems’ but there’s not, they hug, ‘good to see you back again’ and they respect each other, it’s wonderful to see and it always makes it worthwhile when you are actually around the kids.”

Related: Registrations open for Penticton Kiwanis Music Festival

The performers range in age from five to 22 and compete in disciplines including, piano, classical voice, choral, strings/instrumental, musical theatre, speech arts, and dance.

Open to the general public, the competitions are in front of professional adjudicators, many of whom help the students in workshops throughout the festival.

Related: Kiwanis Music Festival

Entry is by donation.

March 1 and 2 will be the choral and classical voice competition and a workshop with adjudicator Jeanette Gallant on the last day.

A complete list of events and times is on the Kiwanis Music Festival Website:



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Send Mark Brett an email.
Like the Western News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


Ceadra Hardardt of Naramata plucks the strings of her harp during the warm up for her performance in this file photo from the Kiwanis Music Festival. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Just Posted

Former Kelowna cop faces fourth lawsuit alleging sexual assault

Ex-Mountie Brian Mathew Burkett is also separately facing seven charges of breach of trust

QUIZ: A celebration of apples

September is the start of the apple harvest

Smoky skies clearing throughout B.C. Interior

Environment Canada expects “widespread” improvement for all affected areas by Sunday

Penticton wildfire crew goes from Christie Mountain to Cold Springs

The team at Eagle Ridge Consulting is helping fight fires across the border

B.C. or Ontario? Residential school survivors fight move of court battle

It’s now up to Ontario’s Court of Appeal to sort out the venue question

B.C. transportation minister will not seek re-election

Claire Trevena has held the position since 2017

Squabble over mask policy at LUSH in Kelowna mall

The woman filmed the encounter at LUSH Cosmetics, where wearing a mask in-store is company policy

Cops For Kids ride wraps in Okanagan

No pomp, no circumstance for end of milestone 20th anniversary fundraising bicycle trip

Province opens ‘middle income’ housing in Kelowna

Prices on the units are $1,300 for a one-bedroom and $1,780 for a two-bedroom, nearing area-average prices

Young B.C. cancer survivor rides 105-km with Terry Fox’s brother

Jacob Bredenhof and Darrell Fox’s cycling trek raises almost $90,000 for cancer research

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Reward offered for return of Okanagan puppy

An 11-week-old boxer-mastiff cross pup was allegedly taken from its Kelowna Friday, Sept. 18

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Most Read