The Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts has surpassed its 2014 fundraising goal and raised about $53,000 in donations as of Tuesday.
The festival typically raises about $30,000 each year but hoped to bring in an additional $12,000 this time around to help make up for recent financing changes and additional costs.
The budget remains steady at approximately $80,000, the same as last year, said festival director Ashley Miller. “We had to do a big fundraising push this year because a lot of the grants from the government are no longer available,” Miller said. “We’re going to reevaluate how we do things and see if we can run the festival and not have it cost so much.”
The 51st annual festival will run from April 22 to 26 at Red Deer College. It will feature over 6,000 performances from participants ranging from five to 25 years of age. Tickets for performances cost between $3 to $10.
An array of disciplines will be showcased, including music, creative storytelling, poetry, speeches, musical theatre and prose pieces.
For more information, visit www.reddeerkiwanisfestival.org.