The Rock of the Woods (ROTW) music festival is announcing a hiatus to reflect on its founding goals and evaluate support for music and cultural festivals in the Cowichan Valley. “Our small festival has always been dedicated to developing and fostering arts and culture within the Cowichan Valley. After six years of giving our all to the festival we feel it is time to take a break and look at how Rock of the Woods can move ahead,” said David Bain, Festival Director.

ROTW has been held in the Cowichan Valley since 2010, without incident. After four years of changing permit processes, ROTW moved through a new Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) process beginning in 2014. Unfortunately, the length and uncertainty of this process brought a focus on permitting rather than on the festival’s efforts to support local artists and businesses. Rock of the Woods believes that a hiatus will provide an opportunity to make up for this lost time and assess the festival’s operations and offerings.

“With a volunteer festival team the lengthy permitting process meant we were unable to provide certainty to our team and allow them to focus on developing the festival. We would like to thank our many supporters and the amazing festival community that has made Rock of the Woods an event so many people look forward to each year.” said Bain.

Please note we will not be taking applications for 2017