Festival 35 may be over, but the memories remain. The Memory Project lives on online – please post your memories from this year’s Festival and add to our growing database of Festival memories.
We say “Folk Festival”… You say….?
Seeing Pete Seeger strum his banjo while sitting in a puddle. Jamming with Freshlyground . . . in my living room! Holding my daughter tight during Dan Mangan’s enchanting version of Hallelujah.
What’s the first memory that comes to your mind when you think about the Vancouver Folk Music Festival?
In its 35 years, the Festival has moved, delighted, affected, and even changed people’s lives. Everyone has a favourite memory. What’s yours?
Share your memories!
Contribute to The Memory Project, a celebration of 35 years of extraordinary Festival experiences! Together we’ll create an online living legacy of photos, videos, and stories that will inspire Festival lovers – new and old – to connect with, and remember, the special history of our beloved Festival.
Plus! Every submission you make enters your name for a chance to score some 35th Anniversary-themed memorabilia!
Send us your photos, videos, and snapshot-stories!
Share the memories that best capture your experience of the spirit and energy of the Festival. Reach back in your brain – send us memories that span our 35-year history.
|Photo and Video Guidelines:||Pretty much anything goes! We love candid shots of crowds, performers, special moments, and any other exciting experiences you’ve captured. If you can, include the who, what, when, where, and why of the photo and/or video you submit. Whatever you can tell us is appreciated!|
|Snapshot-story Guidelines:||A snapshot-story is a short written anecdote, in 150 words or less, sharing your memorable Festival moment. We’ve included memory stimulators here to help get your brain juices flowin’.|
Send your submissions to:
Be sure to include your name and where you’re from (Vancouver, Surrey, San Francisco, etc.).
All submissions will be moderated for posting on vfmfmemoryproject.tumblr.com
Feel free to submit directly to tumblr: if you have an existing account you can sign in and submit, those without an account are able to submit with just their name and email address (no sign-up required).
The Fine Print
In submitting your photographs, videos, and snapshot-stories you are authorizing the Vancouver Folk Music Festival to use your submissions in all Festival promotional materials. The VFMF reserves the right to edit for length and consistency. Posting of submissions is subject to VFMF approval.
Snapshot-story memory stimulator!
Sit down with some great photos, hold a jam session, share a cup of coffee, or even a beer! and stir up your favourite Folk Festival memories. Check below for inspiration:
- When were you first introduced to the Festival? How? By whom? How old were you?
- What was your first impression the moment you walked on the Festival site?
- Do you have a specific performance you’ll always remember? A workshop? New artist?
- Do you have a favourite memory of working for the Festival? Volunteering? Performing?
- Do you know of anyone getting married at the Festival? Engaged? Celebrating their birthday? Celebrating their anniversary?
- Have you connected, or reconnected, with a friend, partner, family member, etc. at the Festival?
- Have you ever met an artist? At the Festival? Because of the Festival? How did it happen?
- Do you and your family, or group of friends, have any special Festival traditions? What are they?
- Do you have any stories of behind-the-scenes happenings that make the Festival so magical for you?
- Have you ever felt so inspired by the Festival that you: decide to take up an instrument? Write your own song? Change your life path? Declare your love from a mountain-top?
- Have you ever been so moved by a performance that you were: forced to hold your breath? Covered in goose-bumps? Brought to tears?
- Have you heard one-liners, lyrics, or even jokes that have stuck with you from the moment you heard them at the Festival?
- Have you discovered any new food at the Festival? Mustard?
- Have you experienced new flavours or tastes at the Festival? A delicious mustard from Granny’s Hotdogs? Fallen in love with roasted corn?