Festival Administration and General Information
Mailing address: 313 Ninth Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 3V5
Objectives of VAYA
- to support and foster performing and literary arts education through bursaries and scholarships
- to give participants the benefit of expert criticism from unbiased adjudicators
- to help participants acquire self-confidence by performing before an audience
- to provide performance and education opportunities for participants both at the festival and in the community throughout the year
History of the Festival
The KPU International Music Festival is an educational music festival produced by the VAYA Youth Arts Society (fka Kiwanis Fraser Valley Music Festival Society). The organization was founded in the Spring of 1999 and became a non-profit society and registered charity in 2001. It was supported by three area Kiwanis Clubs until their recent dissolution.
The Society has always been a partner of KPU’s (Kwantlen Polytechnic University) Music Department. Their Langley Campus has been the main venue for our festival events since 2000, while the Composition Festival component has been hosted at KPU’s Surrey Campus for the past few years.
When the last of the sponsoring Kiwanis Clubs folded in 2018, KPU graciously stepped in as the new title sponsor.
Over the past two decades, the number of entries has steadily increased. We host approximately 6,500 participants, more than 10,000 unique visitors and record more than 20,000 person visits each year. For many years, it has been one of the largest annual events in the Langleys and is one of the largest of its kind in the Province.
The Society is a member of Performing Arts BC, the Federation of National Music Festivals and MusicFest Canada.
In addition to the KPU International Music Festival, the Society produces the Vancouver Speech Arts and Drama Festival, now the largest in British Columbia.
Many thanks to our volunteers who contribute so much to the smooth running of the festival.