Nahla Hopfe

What memory stands out most when you think of your time at the Festival?

Every day is amazing but the last evening show on Sunday night always gives me goose bumps! I love the intimate workshops, the children dancing, everyone being completely themselves, a complete unbelievable incredible sense of community!!

I can go on and on!! The Folk Festival for me is as special as Christmas!! 

Why do you volunteer for the Festival? What inspires you?

I volunteer for this magical festival because it is the strongest example of true community being incredibly together, celebrating every person’s uniqueness and culture and diversity. There is a huge sense of togetherness, and passion! There are no word to describe the unified energy of all the volunteers to make it all happen. I cant say enough about Petrice!! She is the force with her hard work, commitment, sense of humor, energy and drive that feeds all the volunteers the energy to continue. With everything happening in the world today, thank God for this amazing festival to remind us of what is important in life!     

What’s your favourite part of the Festival?

MY favourite part is so hard to answer! Definitely the closing of every night especially the magical closing on Sunday night. The beautiful lanterns that add to the already amazing view and ambiance, meeting new friends and seeing friends that I haven’t seen since the previous year but are regulars so we know we will catch up at the festival, the intimate workshops, the dancing and everyone dancing together and so so so much more!! I love every minute and always so sad when it ends!

What advice would you give to new volunteers?

To smile and enjoy and make friends and give everything they have because the weekend goes by so fast and the festival is beyond rewarding. You get back 100 times more than you give!