Lyrids Folk Dance Festival
The Lyrids Folk Dance Festival is a continuation of the wonderful Salt Spring Island Folk Dance Festival organized by Rosemarie Keough for 10 years from 2004 to 2013.
The Salt Spring Island festival was timed to be as close as possible to April 29th, the “UNESCO International Dance Day“. Each year, a number of dance enthusiasts from near and far gathered to enjoy the festival’s warm fellowship and Salt Spring Island’s rural charm. You can still enjoy these festivals on DVD. During the 10 years, dances were taught by Mihai David, Roo Lester, Alexandru David, John Campbell, Lee Otterholt, Hilde Otterholt, Tom Bozigian, Andy Taylor-Blenis, Sonia Dion, Cristian Florescu, Jerry Duke, Roberto Bagnoli, Zeljko Jergan, Richard Schmidt, Iliana Bozhanova, France Bourque-Moreau, and Yves Moreau.
The Burnaby International Folk Dancers, among the many dancers who travelled to the festival year after year, were unable to contemplate the end to such a magical event. So that the festival spirit might continue, these dancers decided to bring the festival to Burnaby, next to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The April Lyrids are a meteor shower occurring in April, also called April’s shooting stars. These meteors tend to be bright and often leave trails. The radiant point of the Lyrid meteor shower is near the bright star Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp. The similar sounding word “Lyric” derives from the Greek word λυρικός (lyrikos), meaning “singing to the lyre”. Of course, the constellation Lyra represents the lyre, an ancient stringed musical instrument.