Victoria Symphony Splash
On Sunday, July 31, 2016, tens of thousands of people will take to Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the 27th annual Victoria Symphony Splash. From a floating stage in the Inner Harbour, Maestra Tania Miller, the orchestra and special guests will perform, ending with a grand finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – with fireworks of course!
What is Victoria Symphony Splash?
Victoria Symphony Splash is an annual Victoria Symphony event that takes place on a floating stage moored in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. It includes musical entertainment, food, souvenirs and the evening’s highlight: a live performance by the Victoria Symphony. Splash is now one of the largest annual symphony events in North America, attracting up to 40,000 Victoria residents and visitors from all over the world, some who visit Victoria just to see Splash! Over 400 volunteers help to bring the event to the community.
Want to volunteer?
Volunteer at Splash!
Splash simply cannot happen without its team of wonderful volunteers, each year we recruit over 300 volunteers to help ensure that our event runs smoothly. We need you for a variety of tasks leading up to and during the day.
Benefits of Volunteering at Symphony Splash
– Be part of one of the largest outdoor orchestral events in North America and one of Vancouver Island’s signature summer events!
– Give back to your community and be part of a fantastic team!
– Support the Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island’s largest arts organization
– Meet new and interesting people while you hear wonderful music in a spectacular setting
– Get a Splash volunteer t-shirt and invitation to the Splash Volunteer after-party in August
– Receive a ticket voucher for a concert in the Victoria Symphony’s 2015/2016 season
If you’d like to join us, please fill in this Volunteer Application Form, and our Volunteer Coordinator, Holly Brinkman, will be in touch soon.
Splash Volunteer Orientations are Monday, July 27 / Tuesday, July 28 and Wednesday, July 29 @ 6:00 pm at the Cook Street Village Activity Centre (380 Cook Street, #1)
The minimum age for volunteering at Splash is 16. If you are younger than 18, we’ll need permission from a parent or guardian before we can let you volunteer. Some volunteer positions require a criminal record check – Holly will let you know if your position requires this.
All volunteers are required to attend a brief orientation meeting during the last week in July. Once we know which team you’ll be working with, we can let you know when your orientation session will be.
What kind of music does the orchestra play?
The music performed is a mix of classical and popular selections and one (or two) talented young soloists are featured each year. The concert concludes with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with navy field guns and fireworks.
What time does Splash begin?
Many people arrive early to ensure they have a good view of the barch for the orchestra performance at 7:30 PM. The Family Zone opens from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, and the opening act (2014 opening act features The Timebenders) begins at 4:00 PM. Splash concludes at approximately 10:00 PM.
What is the admission?
Victoria Symphony Splash is a “by donation” event produced entirely by the Victoria Symphony. While we do receive support from generous sponsors and “heroes,” we ask that you donate $5 per person to make this event a reality. Every $5 donation will receive a Splash Button which you can wear proudly to show your support for the Symphony. You’ll find volunteers with donation buckets roaming the crowds or you can track down one of our donation barrels. All proceeds go to support the Victoria Symphony’s artistic and education programs.
What should I bring?
You may want to bring a folding chair, or a blanket if you plan to sit on the Legislature lawn. If you do bring a chair, please observe all posted signs and roped-off areas. The wind off the water can be chilly after sunset, so bring a sweater or wrap. Please be advised that sunscreen and hats are recommended for sun protection and water to keep you hydrated! Chairs will not be allowed to be set up before 8:00 AM on August 2.
What amenities are available?
Food and beverage vendors are located on Government Street next to the Royal BC Museum. A percentage of sales is donated to the Victoria Symphony. Portable washrooms are located in easily identified areas and St. John’s Ambulance staff several first-aid stations. Seats on the Grandstand (bleacher-style seating) are available for purchase in advance through the Victoria Symphony Box Office (250.385.6515) starting in June 2015. Grandstand seats remaining on Splash Day can be purchased through the Information and Merchandise tent on site. Blankets, sweatshirts, cooler bags, and other items are also available for purchase at the merchandise tent on site.
What should I do if I have a physical disability?
We’ve reserved a special area for people with disabilities and their families/friends on the northwest corner of the Empress lawns. The area opens late in the afternoon and is first come, first seated. We also have a wheelchair-accessible portable toilet on Belleville St.
Is it possible to come by boat?
Yes! Small craft owners (kayakers, canoeists) can moor their craft near the barge to listen to the music from the water. The Harbour Master will let you know if your watercraft is too close to the barge.
The Splash Family Zone will feature plenty of activities for the entire family! It’s on the lawns of the Empress hotel from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.
Activities are sure to include face painting and our Instrument Petting Zoo. Stay tuned for more details!
Thank you to our sponsors for making Victoria Symphony Splash happen!
Band of Heroes:
Annamaria and Dr. Perry Bamji, Black Ball Ferry Line, Brown, Henderson, Melbye, Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort, Driftwood Brewery, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Fairmont Empress, Helijet International Inc., L.A. Limo, Magnolia Hotel & Spa, Milestones Grill & Bar, Monk Office, Murchie’s Tea and Coffee, Pescatores Fish House & Oyster Bar, Rick Arora – Stone’s Jeweler, Robbins Parking, Rogers’ Chocolates, Royal Bank, Royal Roads University, Tempo Trend Music, Tourism Victoria, Union Club of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour, West End Gallery