The Festival of Friends is an outdoor music, art, and crafts festival in Hamilton, ON. It has been produced annually since 1976. Admission to the Festival has always been – and will always remain – free to everyone.
To enrich the quality of life by promoting and celebrating all aspects of cultural life; to support artists and cultural groups through programs accessible to all people within Greater Hamilton and beyond.
To conceive, organize, promote and execute a free major annual musical festival event in the Hamilton-Wentworth Region. The event themes highlight the richness of a particular component of the Canadian mosaic. The event is produced efficiently by professional staff and well-trained, experienced volunteers. The event creates a vehicle for tourism and education. They nurture enjoyment of the arts and are programmed for family enjoyment and education. The objectives are achieved primarily through the production of a major musical and cultural event held annually.
Volunteers play a key roll in all facets of the Festival of Friends, from board members to event workers. The Festival of Friends has an active volunteer program with comprehensive policies, guidelines and procedures. Volunteers directly under our supervision contribute over 10,000 person hours annually. In addition, hundreds of volunteers are involved with other organizations and services clubs involved in our event.
The Festival of Friends is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board acts as trustees of the organization on behalf of the membership, donors, and other funding sources.
The current Advisory Board for the Festival of Friends:
Mr. Robert Rakoczy
Mr Brent Wice
Ms. Isabelle Lanza
Ms. Andrea Cassis
Ms. Tanya Krochak
Mr. Jonathan Orson
Mr. Brodie Schwendiman
Mr. John Mykytyshyn
Mr. Roman Novak