Who We Are
BCRF arose from a desire to provide an opportunity for talented performers and artisans to showcase their skills and entertain the public in an historically themed setting. We strive to provide entertainment combined with education to all ages in a safe space producing an encompasing experience.
Bringing world history to life in the comforts of the modern age.
Renaissance Festivals all over North America continue to provide multiple stages for unique historically and myth based influenced performances, vendor/shop opportunities for history and myth inspired products and performance developing improv and scripted challenges for their own storyline and villagers casts.
A select few of the many who are presently with us.
*Martin - Villager/property manager: Props and sets have been his profession since 1990 and this is an extension of that.
*Chrisitina - Captain Charity/Co Fight Coordinator etc.: Performing for roughly 35 years, she puts her experiences in front of and behind the scenes to full use with all that she accomplishes on this.
*Ed - Cobbs Merrin and Co Fight Coordinator: Actor, graphic deisgner, artist. Having consistent long time fighters provide a more impressive performance. Also creates our Christmas cards.
*Joshua - Young John and youngest member of cast: This 11 year old actor is smart, curious and talented. For a character that was originally written for one year he insists on coming back.
*Julia - Queen Catherine: This talented piano teacher, dedicated actor is developing interest in production management.
*Amethyst - Costumer and villager: Straight out of fashion design this project provides her with more creative expression and an opportunity to not be limited to the restricting body types of fashion.
*Chilam - Sheriff: Artist and actor. Since his first day on this project he has found artistic expression through the character and the creation of our backdrops.
It takes roughly 50 to 150 volunteers, cast, command team, performers... etc... to make this event happen. All of them with their own needs, ideals and goals that this project helps nourish.
Why We Need Your Help
The finances to fund this project have come primarily from three different sources. The Co-Producers, ticket sales and vendor fees. Donations of materials and serivces have helped keep costs down and with a volunteer cast and crew, we have managed to continue the performance with less financial stress. However... Selling a new concept in BC has been a developing process that requires more than these sources can provide. We are barely surviving with a fraction of what we truly need in order to provide this product. Our ticket prices and vendor fees are smaller then they need to be in order to support growth, let alone maintain what we have. This project has become a second family and an entertainment opportunity that many have fallen in love with and now make it a wonderful part of their lives. Our goal is to pay off some of the back debt the producers have incured (mostly from interest on loans and start up costs) by raising enough money to help pay for 2013, leaving them some breather space to deal with back debt. Their belief in this project has had them contributing many times in order to keep prices more than reasonable for the performance the audience receives.
Where The Money Will Go
We will admit that our goal is smaller than our needs. We have chosen to focus on the BIG thing we know we cannot do without.
Property: We are presently looking for a new location in Langley (we will update if that is found before this campaign is done.). Based on past experiences property rental tends to cost us $2,000,00 to $4,000.00 for the one weekend. Some of the locations have charged us for set up and teardown days as well as additional fees, where as others just the weekend property use.
Just to give you an idea of our approx expenses (based roughly on department reports and receipts), PER year, and let you know where additional money will go if we make over the goal amount):
Entertainment related expenses including Jousters, stage needs, games and rides, etc. $15,000.00
Cast specific expenses including costumes, insurance, greenroom costs, props, first aid, etc. $10,000.00
Property needs (based on new needs on a new site) including seating, power, drinkable water, etc $3,000.00
If we can get the liquor laws changed back (Link for that petition is: http://chn.ge/TnA5QK ) the ‘pub’ costs us approx $3,000.00 to have.
Additional costs like security needs, ticket sales needs, advertising (flyers, webpage, etc), program books, webpage, etc. usually can cost us around: $10,000.00
This is all depending on how much we can reuse from year to year and how many trades, barters, donations of materials and such we can manage to acquire. The BC Renaissance Festival can cost us an additional $25,000.00 to $35,000.00 over the amount in the bank.
Other Ways You Can Help
We know alot of people are in similar situations or the same boats as we are. If that is your case and you are unable to contribute the amount you would like or unable to contribute at all, we will accept:
*Materials (costume, jewelry, paints, rope, wood, paper, cardstock, pens, markers, ID tags, pin backings, thread, cloth ribbon, buttons, feathers.. this is only a small portion of a LONGER list than this)
*Your time (General volunteers, security, games and rides, cast/villagers)
*Your artistic and business energy. Stage show and/or vendor. (Remember we are historically, worldly influenced, not controlled. Example: Plastic and modern interpretation is fine as long as it is history or fantasy/myth) Command Team and/or organiser.
*Your promotional support (posting this campaign on your pages, helping us distribute flyers, putting up posters, coming to parades, etc.
All over North America, with the appropriate support, Renaissance Festivals have increased Tourism and provided seasonal artistic jobs for many. They have also provided a safe unique space for stage shows performers, cultural presenters, hobby groups and and educational factions to present to the public their world and their talents. With The BC Renaissance Festival’s success story, we would, over time, have a permanent site ‘themepark’. With that we would be combining the much loved traits of the other North American renfests (bringing in tourism) with a taste of the talent here in BC to the renfest circuit (Giving regulars on the circuit the chance to see us shine). With that success that leads to a permanent site we will be in a position to switch long time dedicated volunteers to a paid (honourarium or per hour or percentage - depending) position, bring in performers on the circuit to add to our local talent base and with that create an even more viable entertainment and tourism product.
Team on This Campaign:
Co-Fight Coordinator/Actor/Graphics/Program Book
Greenroom/Villagers Assistant/Summer The Fairy