Chilliwack dancers move to the song ‘Grease’ during the Chilliwack Lions Club Music and Dance Festival in 2015. Several winners from this year’s Lions Fest are heading to the Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival 2019 which takes place in Chilliwack. Organizers say 150 volunteers are needed for the Provincial Festival. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Volunteers needed for provincial performing arts event in Chilliwack

Organizers are looking for 150 volunteers to help with the Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival

Chilliwack will be hosting the Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival 2019 next month and the organizing committee is in search of a bunch of volunteers — 150 to be exact.

“People are coming from 33 other festivals throughout B.C. and we want to show them what a truly welcoming town Chilliwack is,” says organizer Laurie Hirschman.

The Performing Arts BC (PABC) Provincial Festival runs May 27 to 30 and takes place at 16 different venues for its competitions and workshops. The venues will be used for music, dance and speech arts.

Most competition venues will have three sessions per day requiring three volunteers for each session. Volunteers are also needed for front of house and door monitors at studios where workshops will be held. Shifts range from one to three hours long.

Sunday, May 26 from 12 to 9 p.m. is the main registration day at Hampton Inn and dozens of volunteers are needed for those three-hour shifts as well.

Anyone who has a piano in their home can also help. The committee is in search of people with pianos who would allow the young guests to practise when they get here. The Chilliwack Academy of Music has stepped up to help, but more pianos are needed.

The Chilliwack Lions Club Music and Dance Festival (which wrapped up on April 6) will be sending 16 participant soloists and two participant chamber groups to the Provincial Festival, plus 10 merited participants and two choirs are being audited at this event.

The last time Chilliwack hosted the PABC Provincial Festival was in 2013.

To volunteer or if you have a piano in your home that can be used for competitors, contact Laurie Hirschman at 604-858-3147 or Those wanting to volunteer can also contact Delia Davies at 604-795-4780, or



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