We have had several accomplishments since the birth of the Summer Solstice Festival d'été which started in June 2000. Here is a little overview of how the festival has evolved.
In 2012, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the International Food & Music Festival! We also celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Les Fransaskois en Saskatchewan! We added more excitement to the Festival by having a Parade and Pancake Breakfast. It was a wonderful weekend of great food, great music and great fun!
For the first time in the festival's history, the 2011 Solstice Festival was moved indoors due to poor weather conditions. Despite the contingency plan, the event was very successful and well attended, especially considering other outdoor festivals were cancelled altogether.
Our 10th Anniversary! Solstice weekend began with the Soltoberfest International Food & Music Festival. This included a German Polka Band and specially ordered 10th Anniversary Beer Steins! The Chorale Plaines de Gospel Choir performed at the Co-Cathedral Sunday afternoon... the perfect way to end the weekend.
In 2009, the organizing committee increased exposure to local artists and artists by the introduction of a free venue, CFRG 93.1 Open Mic.
In 2008 there was the addition of Heritage Skits depicting Gravelbourg in the 1930's.
In 2007 free venues were established to increase accessibility and participation.
In 2006, the Solstice Festival provided the first three days of events for the Town of Gravelbourg Centennial's ten days of celebrations.
2004 & 2005
In 2004 and 2005, the festival incorporated the "Imagination Market" and "Magical Earth Secrets" presented by Cynthia Wells Production.
In 2003, a set of Bylaws were formally adopted by the festival board of directors. A semi-permanent outdoor musical stage with weatherproof covering was built and purchased.
In 2002, cross cultural programming elements were added to the festival with a multicultural food and music event and workshops hosted on Saturday for both children and adults.
In 2001, a five year Strategic Plan was developed and adopted.
In 2000, as a first year event, our primary goal was simply to see it successfully executed without any major problems – which was achieved. Extensive positive word of mouth set the stage for our second year.