The 26th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Vancouver, Canada – The Vancouver Folk Music Festival heads back to Jericho Beach Park for its 26th annual celebration of music, song and dance with a lineup of some of the finest folk and roots musicians from across the street and around the world.

July 18 through 20, 2003 will see more than 50 groups and guest artists offer nearly 70 hours of music on seven stages in a breathtakingly beautiful outdoor venue.

Musical offerings at the 2003 Vancouver Folk Music Festival will include the soulful musical accompaniment of the Sufi whirling dervishes, ancient melodies of India, aboriginal music from Australia and folk-fusion music from the edge, all exploring and pushing the boundaries of the traditional definitions of folk music.

From celebrated names like Ani DiFranco, Utah
Phillips, Billy Bragg and Faith Petric to new-to-Vancouver acts such as
Colombia’s Petrona Martinez,  the USA’s The Lee Boys and Ray Wylie Hubbard and 
Australia’s White Cockatoo, the 2003 Vancouver International Folk Music
Festival will bring you familiar favourites and exciting new tunes and songs
to raise your spirits and widen your musical horizons.

In addition to both traditional and contemporary folk
and folk-fusion, the Festival will feature an array of informative workshops,
a colourful Artists’ Marketplace and a mouthwatering selection of healthful
foods and beverages to keep everyone’s strength up.

Early Bird weekend passes are $90 Canadian and are now on sale through the
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
office with no service charge, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at
www.ticketmaster.ca

From June 22 to July 18 adult advance tickets are $120.  Other advance tickets
and purchases at the gate range from $40 for the Friday evening concert to $55
for Saturday and Sunday passes.  Tickets for youth (13 to 18 years) are $55
for the Early Bird Weekend Pass (new this year), $25 for Friday night’s
concert and $30 for Saturday and Sunday admissions.  Students at post-secondary
institutions, with valid student  I.D., may purchase youth rate tickets in
person at outlets or at the gate.   Admission for Little Folks (three to 12
years) is free on Friday night with an adult, $12 for the weekend and $7
Saturday or Sunday.  Children two and under and seniors 65 and over are
admitted free.

Buy in person at 305 – 207 West Hastings in
Vancouver, call 604.602.9798, fax your order to 604.602.9790 or e-mail to
info@thefestival.bc.ca

Tickets can also be purchased at all Ticketmaster
outlets, by phone at 604.280.4444 in Vancouver, 250.386.7600 in Victoria and
in Washington and Oregon at 206.628.0888 and online at
www.ticketmaster.ca.

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