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Fredericton has a new festival

In the fall, Fredericton has the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. Winter sees Shivering Songs take over. In the summer there is FredRock. The one season that seemed to be lacking was spring, but this year there is a new festival blooming in the mix.

Flourish Festival will be taking place in the city from April 16-18, and is set to be something that Fredericton has not seen before. Jane Blanchard is the creator of the festival; she’s also the sole organizer. Blanchard said the idea came together after a local meeting.

“I was at a Shifty Bits community meeting and one thing that was brought up was the lack of collaborations in the art scene here. It was also said that there was a lack of all-ages events and that people don’t take advantage of the resources we have here for the arts community. So I decided ‘Why not do something about this?’”

Blanchard is a Renaissance College student with a minor in business and found that the work has been relatively easy. Through extensive networks and friends, Blanchard was able to find all the acts, as well as create a website and develop the idea.

The festival hasn’t received any funding and Blanchard said that she is not looking for any.

“All the proceeds from the passes and tickets are gonna go to the artists and studios. The artists are from here so we don’t have to cover travel or anything. It’s really just about supporting the Fredericton scene.”

With the festival dates approaching, Blanchard feels that everything is going well though there are still a few ideas that she needs to work on. With shows taking place around the city, Blanchard needs to work on installations and making the venues look special. Shows will be taking place at Connexion ARC, The Capital Complex, Shiftwork Studio and reNeu.

“It’s a cheap event ­­­— just $10 for a pass. I hope this gets people that don’t get out often to come to the shows, and [the shows are] at fun locations. It’s all about the collaborations between art forms so it will make for a great time.”

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