Folk Harbour Announces New General Manager
Marilyn Keddy, Chair of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society made the announcement today, stating, “This is a big step for our organization, one that owes its success to the thousands of volunteer hours that people have so generously contributed over the years. The Board made the decision to hire a General Manager after a great deal of discussion. We had strong applicants but are truly thrilled to have hired someone with Chris Heide’s reputation and experience in the arts community.” This year’s Festival will take place August 9-12 and we welcome the enthusiasm and experience of Chris to collaborate and promote our volunteers and Festival attendees.
Chris Heide is well known to audiences on Nova Scotia’s South Shore and throughout the province of Nova Scotia. Chris has experience in selecting and producing music performances as General Manager at the Chester Playhouse, guiding the Liverpool International Theatre Festival as Artistic Director and promoting the Mermaid Theater touring schools program. Closer to home, Chris has volunteered as the M/C on main stage with the Folk Harbour Festival on several occasions.
“I adore Folk Harbour,” says Mr. Heide. “It’s a privilege to be asked to take a leadership role. There is a capable Board of Directors, a wealth of committed volunteers and an audience that eagerly anticipates the Festival every summer. A terrific line-up is already in place for this August!”
Heide has lived in Mahone Bay since 1985. As a playwright and director, Chris has won numerous awards from the Canada Council and other respected agencies including the Canada-Scotland Writer Exchange and the Canadian Business and the Arts Award.
In 2008, Safe Communities Canada named Heide National Ambassador for Safety for his work in preventing teen suicide. Much of this work has been while living in the small Nunavut hamlet of Pangnirtung, a “second-home” for Chris since the mid-Eighties. “In the past four years here in Nunavut I have raised four million dollars to make a dynamic difference in this marvelous and troubled community,” he explains. “I enjoy raising funds when I believe in the cause. Folk music and the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society fit that bill. “The experience of Folk Harbour feeds the soul”.