Lack of interest sinks Grou Tyme festival|
The Halifax Chronicle-Herald
By INGRID DEON
METEGHAN RIVER — The Grou Tyme festival won’t be coming back in 2007.
At a recent meeting, the society that has backed the festival since 1999 decided to dissolve.
"There was not enough interest in the community to keep it going at this time," former president Gerry Boudreau said Monday.
Earlier this year, the Grou Tyme Society announced it wouldn’t be going ahead with a festival because of a lack of funding.
Mr. Boudreau said the price tag to hold the Acadian festival on Halifax’s waterfront every September was up to $275,000. While costs have risen over the years, provincial funding hasn’t changed and other sources of financing have declined.
He said another problem was that attendance had been decreasing for the past two years.
"Last year we broke even, but when you have to struggle for 10 months to do a festival to break even, it’s pretty hard on the people involved," Mr. Boudreau said.
But while one Acadian festival dissolves, another thrives.
Le festival acadien de Clare in Digby County is gearing up for its biggest year ever.
Marc Boudreau, president of the festival, said now that Grou Tyme has been postponed indefinitely, that leaves Le festival acadien de Clare as the only Acadian signature event in the province.
He said the festival will try to fill in the gap that the Grou Tyme has left.
"We’re stepping up with three outdoor concerts and we’re bringing in musicians from New Brunswick, Louisiana and Nova Scotia," he said.
Mr. Boudreau said that while the festival committee doesn’t have any plans to move the celebration to Halifax, he has been in talks with the Acadian festivals in Yarmouth County and the South West Shore Development Authority to try to create one big four-week Acadian festival.
Le festival acadien de Clare celebrates its 51st year with a 17-day festival from July 29 to Aug 15.