Music fest enjoys good weather, great performances

  • Aug. 17, 2012 2:00 p.m.

by Jane Wilson-The Edge of the World Music Festival has wrapped up another successful event, with more than a thousand people taking in three days of intense musical performances in Tlell. “We had an amazing time,” said organizer Janet Rigg. “I’ve only heard good feedback from people who’ve spoken to me about it.”Ms Rigg said attendance was similar to last year and estimates between 1,300 and 1,500 people came through the gate over the weekend. She said the festival got very lucky with the weather and only had occasional sprinkles of rain, with the sun shining for most of Saturday and Sunday.She said Saturday night provided “a more provocative show” than the festival usually has, due to the performance of poet/musician C.R. Avery. She describes talking to a youth who said “it was like social studies come to life.””I hope nobody was too offended,” said Ms Rigg, “because I know we are a family event, but art is art, and he had a strong message.”This year’s twilight lantern procession had something extra, with the release of dozens of floating lanterns in memory of a long-time festival volunteer.”I think the big highlight was the floating lanterns on Saturday night in honour of Joanne Hayward and other people who have been lost to the battle of cancer, or are still fighting cancer now,” said Ms Rigg. “I think that was a really amazing and poetic moment, and meant a lot to the festival, and to me personally.”