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Anonymous sponsor saves Knightfest for Guelph Youth Music Centre

Music centre's free Knightsfest medieval festival revived and ready to go Family Day
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The Guelph Youth Music Centre (GYMC) is excited to announce the annual free Knightsfest medieval festival event is back on for Family Day 2018.

The news that the previous sponsorship did not come through was released a week ago and since then, offers of support have poured in.

“Within a couple of hours of the story being released we had four offers of support,” commented Gabriella Currie-Ziegler, Executive Director of the Guelph Youth Music Centre. “I was picking up the cheque the next day. What a wonderful community we live in! I am especially happy that we are able to continue to offer this free family day event.”

GuelphToday in particular took the reins to spread the word. The story went viral on Facebook and Twitter. The GYMC received four calls almost immediately with offers of help.

A big thank you also to the team at Blackthron Productions and Brass Rubbings Inc. for pulling out all the stops at the last minute to make this event happen.

The free event was launched on Family Day in 2016 and offered family fun, while learning about the Medieval and Renaissance eras through music, costumed demonstrations, interactive games and activities, armour workshops and brass rubbings.

Attendance grew from 350 participants in 2016 to 800 in 2017.

The event features:

  • Display Pavilions Games, Events & Activities Entertainment
  • Replica weapons, armour & artefacts
  • King & Queen presence
  • Combat demonstrations
  • Archery display
  • Hit the knight
  • Trebuchet
  • Children’s archery
  • Heraldry
  • Brass rubbings
  • Jugglers
  • Magician
  • Roaming characters
  • Photo opportunities

Established in 1992, the GYMC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to education, enrichment and fostering the development of youth through music and the arts. The GYMC continues to respond to a need in the community. Year after year, the Centre offers a variety of arts programs, as well as affordable community space to more than 18,000 youth, adults and seniors. The GYMC acknowledges and facilitates the efforts of hundreds of community leaders who selflessly mentor and encourage Guelph’s youth, as well as create programs for adults and seniors. Among these programs are opportunities and methods only available at the GYMC.

For more information visit the website or call 519-837-1119.