Ryga arts fest returning

Blending concerts, theatre, spoken word and visual arts, the fourth annual Ryga Arts Festival will take over Summerland for a memorable nine days in late August. 

The festival celebrates the legacy of George Ryga, the prolific Canadian author who lived and worked in Summerland in the 20th century. 

“We’re thrilled to extend the 2019 Ryga Arts Festival over two weekends this year, making our arts programming more accessible for everyone. The blend of professional guest artists and local talent creates a dynamic atmosphere here in Summerland," said festival artistic director Heather Davis. 

Professional guests and local talent will blend together in the lineup. Highlights include Bill Henderson and members of the band Chilliwack performing with Haida singer Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, performing an improvisation-inspired mix of traditional Haida music and jazz. 

That's just one of 19 events planned for the festival, ranging from readings from Ryga's works to pop-up choirs to writing workshops to art exhibits and much more. 

The four-year-old festival has grown substantially over the years, and is a consistent hit within the community and beyond. It kicks off Aug. 24 and runs until Sept. 1.

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