COVID-19 Policy

For the health and safety of all attendees, all students and faculty at the 2023 Festival must be fully vaccinated per College of the Atlantic’s community expectations (Please note: this currently includes one booster shot), or be approved for a medical or religious vaccination exemption by the Festival Director. Registrants will be prompted to upload proof of vaccination at time of registration. 

In addition, all attendees must comply with College of the Atlantic’s prevailing COVID-19 campus status levels and health protocol at all times while on campus. Please note that these protocol are subject to change depending on evolving case severity and public health guidance. Finally, all attendees will need to have a plan in place to leave campus if they show symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.

March 2023 Update

Our Covid policy for 2023 is based on the COA Community Expectations that were in place when registration for AFTMD opened in October 2022. 

Those who are registered as full-time students will be required to show proof of vaccination for their original dose(s) and at least one booster (or apply for a religious or medical exemption), as this close-knit community will be sharing a great deal of time and indoor space. Guests who are visiting for afternoon workshops or evening concerts but will not be in attendance full time are not required to show proof of vaccination.

We realize that COA’s guidance for summer programs may be evolving. However, in order to remain fair and consistent to early registrants, we will be maintaining our proof of vaccination policy through the 2023 festival season.

While we have chosen to keep masks optional, we strongly encourage all participants and visitors for whom it is comfortable and viable, to mask. We believe that masking and testing are proven tools for preventing the spread of Covid. We understand that individuals choose not to mask for various reasons, including health restrictions, comfort, breathability, etc., and ask all attendees to respect one another’s choice.

We are doing our best to protect the health and happiness of everyone in our community, while striking a balance between risk assessment, responsible management and respect for individuals. Thank you for your understanding and grace as we navigate this first year back.

Cancellation Policy

A 50% deposit will be due upon registration. A refund of this deposit, minus $100.00, is refundable by request (here) prior to April 30, 2023.

Balances are due on May 31, 2023.  There are no refunds after May 31, 2023 for any reason, unless a medical contingency will prevent the registrant from attending camp (for which a letter from a medical practitioner or proof of a positive COVID PCI / molecular test are required).

Registrations are transferable to friends or family members after discussing it with the Festival Director.

The Acadia Festival of Traditional Music & Dance is a project made possible by a grant from the Maine Traditional Music Association and supported by Fractured Atlas, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit devoted to empowering arts organizations. Website art by Anabelle Keimach and Annelise Papinsick.