Caught between a rock and a hard place

February 01, 2012

A Letter to Our Community

  As you may have heard by now, there has been some media coverage about the impact of
the teachers strike on the arts community, especially those of us who provide arts programming for young audiences.    The Vancouver International Children?s Festival was part of a group that sent
a letter to the BCTFasking for a meeting to seek clarification and solutions to the ongoing challenges we face in the light of the strike action. We want our community of educators and parents to
know that our intent is to work with the BCTF and other educator-based organizations to come up with asolution that would allow us to continue the work we do, while allowing teachers and
administrators to stay within the limits of the job action.  

We have requested this meeting because the Festival depends on school ticket sales for 50% of its revenue and our sales are down dramatically, which will negatively impact the Festival, possibly
resulting in a deficit at the end of the year. So, we are currently in the process of establishing an open dialogue with the BCTF and the other educator-based organizations to find solutions that are
workable for all parties involved.


Our goal is to assist the schools in bringing their students to the Festival for 2012 so that they can experience the amazing shows and activities we have planned to celebrate our 35th year.


Thanks for your support during this challenging period.


Most sincerely,


Katharine Carol, Artistic Executive Director

Vancouver International Children’s Festival