I recently read reporter Pierre Chauvin’s article on the Atlin Arts and Music Festival. Much of the article was useful and informative.
However, I found his description of “a big area for children to play, allowing their parents to get inebriated and crowdsurf” misleading and, frankly, insulting. I have attended the festival several times with my wife and friends, and what I have seen are parents and kids having a great time participating in the activities.
I have seen parents dutifully shepherding their children to the many venues for things like face painting or simply enjoying great music. What I have never seen is kids left to fend for themselves while their parents got “inebriated and crowdsurfed.” Mr. Chauvin has done a disservice to parents and the music festival by giving a false impression of a very well organized community event. I hope this letter helps to set the record straight, at least from my perspective.