“Unity Fest is a beautiful family festival on the exquisite beach in Slocan City, going into its sixth year,” Felicity Gerwing told the Star via email. Along with Chris Berger, she’s been one of the core organizers since the beginning.
“We have a dedicated crew and widening volunteer base and are actively seeking more people who want to get involved in the key crew, volunteering and team-building.”
And though she acknowledged Unity has been under the same strain that has led to Starbelly Jam going on hiatus and Kootenay Storytelling Festival and Kootenay Gutbuster being cancelled, they’re being proactive.
“As someone who has been working in arts in western Canada most of my adult life I am used to labours of love [as in developing a new local festival] but if the support is not there in a viable way then yes, burnout occurs and momentum is lost.”
That’s why they’ve been working closely with their stage manager Scott Milne and the Slocan council to “develop and sustain this gem of a family festival.”
The festival is presented by the non-profit Slocan Valley Cultural Alliance.
The lineup has not yet been announced.