New festival in Summerland

A new festival is coming to Summerland this September.

The Marginal Arts Festival Inspired by George Ryga will be a performance and literary festival held on the Labour Day weekend in venues throughout Summerland.

George Ryga was a writer who wrote the play The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, which opened the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The festival is named after him.

In a release, organizers said Ryga's work "championed marginalized people in society," and that artists, too, are often marginalized.

The release also noted the light that The Ecstasy of Rita Joe shed on issues facing Canadian aboriginal women.

Organizers have billed the event as a fringe-like festival, with acts such as "Quit Your Day Job!" and "Outspoken!" being held in the Centre Stage Theatre and Summerland Waterfront Resort respectively.

Also in the line-up is a free concert in Memorial Park on Sept. 3, from 12-6 p.m.

The festival includes workshops on singing, acting and creative writing with professionals and performances by local and national artists.

For more information, visit the festival website. Tickets, which can be found online, range from $6 to $22 for various events.

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