The popular Komasket Music Festival will not be held this year due to a personal loss sustained by its artistic directors.
Festival co-founders Devaki and Thomas Thomas, who are now based in London, U.K., said the decision to postpone the 11th annual festival came after much soul searching.
“As many of you know in December, 2011 we experienced the tragic loss of our brother and fellow musician (Kunja Chatterton), which has deeply impacted our lives and requires time to heal and rejuvenate,” said Devaki Thomas.
The Vernon festival has traditionally been held in Komasket Park on the Okanagan Indian Reserve, on the west side of Okanagan Lake, every August long weekend the past 10 years.
“The last 10 years of presenting the Komasket Music Festival have been the most rewarding and challenging experience of our lives and we offer deep gratitude to all the musicians, volunteers, vendors, supporters, sponsors and audiences who helped make this beautiful community gathering possible,” said Thomas.
While the Thomas’ and the KMF board of directors say the festival has been a successful venture on many levels, they are hoping this year off will give them needed time to plan and structure the continuing of the KMF to see a bright and long future with greater financial stability and sustainability.
“We know that like us many of you have come to look forward the KMF as the highlight of your year and a chance to reconnect with family and friends and we will all deeply feel its absence this summer,” said Devaki. “We hope you keep a warm place in your hearts for the KMF and keep the spirit of unity and magic alive until we meet again in 2013 refreshed, recharged and rejuvenated and ready to keep the KMF fire burning brighter than ever.”
Information about refunds as well as some planned fundraising dances will be announced soon.
Read Wednesday’s Morning Star for more.