Filberg Festival Announces New Producers & Vendor Registration

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Jan 292020
 

Celebrating its 38th year, Filberg Festival will take place July 31 – August 3, 2020 at the historic Filberg Park in Comox, BC. After an extensive process, Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park Association (FHLPA) is pleased to announce that MRG Events have been selected as Producer for the 2020 edition of the festival.

“The Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park Association Board of Directors is truly excited to welcome MRG Events as producers of the 2020 Filberg Festival” said Board President Audrey Craig. “As we prepare for our 38th annual Filberg Festival, MRG VP John Donnelly and the entire MRG team are bringing innovative ideas and fresh perspectives to the festival. Our community has always embraced the Filberg Festival and we look forward to welcoming new and past patrons as we embark on this new chapter.”

“We are thrilled to be part of one of BC’s most storied festivals and we look forward to working with the Board of Directors and the community. Filberg Festival is a great event that our entire team in Victoria and Vancouver are excited to be part of” said John Donnelly, VP of MRG Events.

MRG Events is looking at several new initiatives this year including an expanded live music program, additional food and beverage services and increasing the site to accommodate more partner activations. More information about the entire festival program will be announced this spring. Vendors who wish to participate in this year’s festival are encouraged to apply online. Submissions should be made prior to February 29, 2020 so that vendors do not miss the adjudication deadline. All applications are juried by a festival panel and successful applicants will be notified via email of their acceptance by March 15th, 2020.

Artisan Registration Application: https://airtable.com/shr0uWebgvh1jprUQ

Food and Beverage Application (Food Trucks, Carts and Kiosks): https://airtable.com/shrVXbhaLe8K5d5nA

About Filberg Festival
Set among the stately trees and gardens of Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox on the east coast of Vancouver Island, Filberg Festival is truly a unique event. Wander through the grounds surrounded by beautiful gardens, rustic out-buildings and magnificent views of Comox Harbour and the Beaufort Mountain Range.

The principal objective of Filberg Festival has been to encourage excellence in all forms of arts and crafts, and to assist in the promotion and sale of quality work. The festival has established
a world-wide reputation for the excellence of the work of its juried artisans, and today is one of Western Canada’s largest juried outdoor arts shows. Over 300 people volunteer each year to make this event a reality.

Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park Association (FHLPA) is a non-profit organization established in 1979, which is responsible for maintaining and restoring the heritage lodge and outbuildings in Filberg Park. Filberg Festival, held annually, is the Comox Valley’s premiere cultural event.

About MRG Events
MRG Events is one of Canada’s leading special event producers and a division of The MRG Group of live events and hospitality properties. MRG Events was introduced in 2018, when The MRG Group joined forces with John Donnelly & Associates, Western Canada’s leading event producers with 30+ years experience delivering world class events across BC.

In the spring of 2019, MRG Events acquired Victoria’s longest running professional event producers, Atomique Productions who have over 20+ years experience producing large-scale events on Vancouver Island. Atomique Productions is responsible for producing Victoria’s Canada Day, Car Free YYJ, and The Village Block Party along with the live venue, Capital Ballroom.

MRG Events Vancouver produces a number of award winning events such as Surrey Fusion Festival, Khatsahlano Street Party, Surrey Canada Day, Richmond World Festival, Shipyards Festival North Vancouver and the Westward Music Festival.

For more information contact:

Eden Lindsay-Bodie
Executive Director
Filberg Festival
P:250.339.2715

Alex Grigg
Director of Events
The MRG Group
P:604.928.0778
E: alex.grigg@themrggroup.com

35th annual Filberg Festival Artists Announcement

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Apr 112017
 

For Immediate Release:  April 10, 2017

 Comox, BC, Celebrate the Best of Arts, Crafts and Music from across Canada August 4-7, 2017.

Victoria based artist, Linda Skalenda will be this year’s featured guest artist located in the Arbour. Linda’s paintings can be found in collections across North America and the UK. In 2015 she was selected for the honorable position to be the resident artist with her solo gallery at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. www.lindaskalenda.com.

The Filberg Festival has always been known for featuring exceptional Canadian talent when it comes to entertainment. Headliners over the long weekend include: Barney Bentall, Jim Byrnes, Lion Bear Fox, David Gogo, Locarno and Wooden Sky.  Visit https://filbergfestival.com/the-festival/entertainment/  the full line up. 

Join us on Friday August 4th for a special evening concert featuring Delhi 2 Dublin; a Canadian world music group formed in 2006 in Vancouver who play a fusion of Bhangra, Electronic, Funk, Dub Reggae, Hip Hop, Celtic music and a mash up of other genres. www.delhi2dublin.com. This concert is one of a series of three under the Live In Filberg Park banner.  Tickets are priced at $30.00 for festival seating and available on-line only as of May 1st

The 2017 Filberg Festival is also proud to showcase a select group of 130 artisans and makers of fine art in a variety of media ranging from metalwork, pottery, toys, woodcrafts, jewellery, paintings, glass, textiles and specialty foods.

Gate admission is charged at the Filberg Festival, as it is the primary fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization which has the responsibility of restoring and maintaining the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park’s site and buildings (www.filberg.com). Advance festival tickets are available as of May 1st online at www.filbergfestival.com, at the I-HOS Gallery and Roxanne’s Fashions in the Comox Mall at all Vancouver Island Thrifty Foods locations as of July 1st.

Set amongst the stately trees and gardens of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox, BC on the east coast of Vancouver Island the Filberg Festival is truly a unique event. Enjoy art and nature surrounded by beautiful gardens, rustic out-buildings and magnificent views of Comox Harbour and the Beaufort Range.

Contact Info:

Wendy Sears  media@filbergfestival.com or call 1-866-594-3243 x 101

www.filbergfestival.com

Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park – 61 Filberg Road, Comox, BC V9M 2S7

https://www.facebook.com/FilbergFestival  / Twitter – @FilbergFest/Instagram – @filbergfest

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2016 Raffle Winners

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Aug 032016
 

The Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park Association (FHLPA) is a non-profit organization established in 1979, which is responsible for maintaining and restoring the heritage lodge and outbuildings in the Filberg Park. The Filberg Festival, held annually, is the Associations largest fundraiser and the Comox Valley’s premiere cultural event. All funds raised from this and other fundraising activities are used for this purpose and for the operational costs associated with managing the Filberg Park for the community to enjoy. A great way to support the FHLPA is to buy a ticket for a chance to win one of the five fantastic prizes!

And the winners are…

1. Westjet: Return Trip for 2 to any scheduled Westjet Destination
Value $2900 – Jenni Hopkins ticket#684
2. Ucluelet Getaway: 3 nights accommodations and lots of activities to fill your time on the beautiful West Coast
Value: $1500 – Anna Bennett ticket#1824
3. Harbour Air: Round Trip for two on Harbour Air
Value: $650 – Hazel Ibbs ticket#1849
4. BC Ferries: Round Trip for two on BC Ferries
Value: $200 – Nina LeBlanc Ticket#052
5. Royston Roasting: Coffee for a year from Royston Roasting
Value $150 – Dawn McRae ticket#1552

Congratulations to all the winners! And thank you for supporting the FHLPA

If you have not claimed your prize yet, please call the office at 250 339-2715 or email producer@filbergfestival.com.

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34th annual Filberg Festival Artists Announcement

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Apr 122016
 

Celebrate the best of Arts, Crafts and Music from across Canada July 29 to August 1, 2016!

This year the Filberg Festival is honoured to feature world renowned glass artist, Robert Held.  For over 25 years Robert Held has lead the Canadian art glass industry, establishing the first college-level art glass program and influencing the art across North America. His pieces are in the collections of royalty and governments and can be part of your home collection. www.robertheld.com

The Filberg Festival has always been known for featuring exceptional talent when it comes to entertainment.  Continuing from last year the Festival will once again offer a special Friday evening concert featuring Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Cuba. He has won two Juno Awards for World Music Album of the Year: in 2006 for Humo De Tabaco, and in 2008 for his second album, Agua Del Pozo. In 2010 he won the Latin Grammy for Best New Artist. His 2015 album, Healer, earned him a Latin Grammy Award for Best Singer-Songwriter Album and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. http://healer.alexcuba.com. Tickets will be priced at $39.00 for festival seating and available on-line only as of May 1st.

Headliners over the long weekend include:  Great Lake Swimmers, BC World Music Collective, and Bellflower. Visit https://filbergfestival.com/the-festival/entertainment/2016-entertainers/ for the full line up.

The 2016 Festival is also proud to showcase a select group of 130 artisans and makers of fine art in a variety of media ranging from metalwork, pottery, toys, woodcrafts, jewellery, paintings, glass, textiles and specialty foods.

Gate admission is charged at the Filberg Festival, as it is the primary fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization which has the responsibility of restoring and maintaining the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park’s site and buildings (www.filberg.com). Advance festival tickets are available as of May 1st online at www.filbergfestival.com, at the Filberg Lodge Gift Shop and the I-HOS Gallery and at all Vancouver Island Thrifty Foods locations as of June 24th.

Set amongst the stately trees and gardens of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox, BC on the east coast of Vancouver Island the Filberg Festival is truly a unique event. Enjoy art and nature surrounded by beautiful gardens, rustic out-buildings and magnificent views of Comox Harbour and the Beaufort Range.

Contact Info:

Wendy Sears
E: media@filbergfestival.com T: 1-866-594-3243 x 101
www.filbergfestival.com
Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park – 61 Filberg Road, Comox, BC V9M 2S7
https://www.facebook.com/FilbergFestival  / Twitter – @FilbergFest

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NIC master potter headlines Filberg Festival

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Jul 282015
 

July 28, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The NIC instructor and master potter will headline the Filberg Festival as the guest artist for the fourth time.

NIC Instructor Gordon Hutchens will be the featured artist at the Filberg in Comox this weekend. NIC is giving away four $50 Hutchens’ tea bowls through a social media competition to celebrate his appearance.

“You could call it my home show,” said the Denman Island potter, whose work is displayed around the world including the Bronfman family’s “Claridge Collection” and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ontario.

Hutchens’ work is a must-see for festival regulars, where his crystalline glazes, specially crafted Denman lustre, and raku, salt and wood-fired pieces regularly draw crowds and collectors. He is the only artist to be featured four times in the festivals 33-year history.

This year, as Filberg Festival’s featured artist, he returns with a wider section of work than ever before.

“It’s an opportunity to display a greater variety of work than I recall bringing in the past,” said Hutchens. “There will be larger size pieces and larger selection.”

The festival is one of western Canada’s largest juried outdoor arts shows and has a world-wide reputation for excellent artisan work. Hutchens has been featured in three previous festivals in 1984, 1986, and again in 2003 with the Fired Up ceramic artists.

Hutchens studio is nestled on nearby Denman Island, where he houses seven hand-crafted and manufactured kilns, including salt, gas-fired, electric kilns and a giant wood-fired anagama, designed and built with Japanese master builder Dr. Yukio Yamamoto.

Every March, Hutchens and a community of NIC students, potters, friends and family, fire up his high temperature Tozan-style anagama kiln.

“It’s a hungry fire-breathing dragon that eats five cords of wood over three days,” said Hutchens. “The ash follows the flame as it wends its way to the chimney up the hill, embellishing each piece of pottery with molten ash glaze as it passes.”

The only privately owned Tozan-style anagama in North America is available to NIC fine arts students in the winter term.

“Gordon’s course was a wonderful experience,” said student and potter Katy Fogg, who owns Living Earth Pottery in the Comox Valley. “Though I had been potting for 14 years at the time of the course, I learned so much from his incredible depth of knowledge. He brings a lifetime of pottery to his students and is a gifted teacher as well as an extraordinary potter.”

This year, Hutchens teaches three courses at NIC’s Comox Valley campus, including:

Courses are available to students who have taken FIN 110, or by permission of the instructor.

NIC is celebrating Gordon’s work, by holding a social media competition. To win a Gordon Hutchens’ tea bowl, festival goers must post a selfie with his work and the tags #mynic_finearts and #FilbergFest at the event.

The Filberg Festival takes place July 31 to Aug. 3 at Filberg Park in Comox. To see a video of the anagama kiln in action or study with Gordon at NIC, visit www.nic.bc.ca/finearts.

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Media Contact: Christiana Wiens Development Writer, North Island College O. 250-334-5280 M. 250-218-4097 christiana.wiens@nic.bc.ca

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