The idea of doing a second Galiano Music Festival is daunting and exciting. Last year the whole process was exhilarating. It took a few months of planning and a week of physical work (building the stage and setting up the tech). This all happened alongside the Lions setting up their Fiesta — on which we hitched a ride; and of course, we can’t forget all those musicians who donated their art for our enjoyment.
Our core group wants to make the Festival as permanent fixture on the island, and hopefully, to extend it, in some form, throughout the year. To do that we are going to have to form a society in order to raise funds both for the society and for other worthy causes — the Lions, the Health Care Society — and to pay musicians in the future. Garage195 is making a few noises about doing a fund-raising dance early this spring. We’ll see how that goes.
This year there are a few more tasks we have to do to make our festival a success. We need a cover/tent for the stage (beg borrow or buy). We cannot use the one we were loaned last year. We need some lighting so the musicians can play later into the evening. We also need volunteers: a bookkeeper, a secretary, a food coordinator, a musician coordinator, a volunteer coordinator, T-shirt salespeople, welcoming table info people, carpenters, etc etc. As these things go, volunteers are always needed. You can contact us through the FaceBook posts or from the website: galianomusicfestival.wordpress.com. Musicians who are interested in playing at the Festival can contact us the same way – although I have to stress that we may not be able to accommodate everyone who would like to play at the summer Festival this year, but we hope that throughout the year we will be able to hold many other concerts/dances in the island’s four (5?) public venues. And so, we would like to make a list of everyone who plays music on the island whether classical rock root jazz, fusion etc. Let us know you are there.
If you are interested in helping with all the diverse tasks that need doing, you would be welcomed for the inaugural meeting of Galiano Music Festival 2018 — at the meeting room in the library, on Saturday 27 th January, 4- 6 pm. If you can’t make it, let us know that you are out there.
The Festival will be on Saturday August 4th.