Harrison Festival of the Arts

Harrison Festival of the Arts

 

 

 

 

 

July 6-14 2013

“Celebrating the cultural diversity of Canada and the world, by presenting audiences with the artistic expression of diverse cultures, helping them appreciate the contributions of different cultures to our common culture.”

An explosion of color and sound, a sensory feast, a smile that reaches round the globe…for thirty-five years The Harrison Festival of the Arts has been bringing the world of art and music to our doorstep and has given hundreds of thousands of people the opportunity to experience worlds of sound otherwise not accessible to most.

“The Society’s commitment to its audience is to bring the best Canada and the world has to offer, while remaining accessible and inclusive.”

Phyllis (Executive Director) and Ed (General Manager) Stenson along with (over the years) a cast of thousands, have spent 31 and 26 year respectively, bringing The Festival of the Arts to Harrison Hot Springs.  Under their leadership, The Festival has grown to become a nationally recognized event and they have recently announced that after this year’s event, they will officially begin their retirement and Andy Hillhouse and Mel Dunster will be stepping up to the plate to begin organizing for Festival 2014.
Evenings in the Hall – Experience the magic of live performance in the venerable Harrison Memorial Hall.  Enjoy eight full length concerts, one evening of theatre and one evening of literary readings.

Music on the Beach – Enjoy musical from around the world at this outdoor stage with the mountains and majestic Harrison Lake as a backdrop.

Art Exhibit – The Festival’s visual art exhibit takes place at the picturesque Ranger Station Art Gallery.

Workshops – Join in participatory workshops lead by Festival performers.

Juried Art Market – July 6 – 7 and July 12, 13 & 14 – Under the tents on the grass in front of the beach.  A juried market with some of BC’s finest artists and artisans, featuring a dazzling array of hand crafted items.

Children’s Day – Wednesday, July 10 – A special day for the young and young at heart.
http://www.harrisonfestival.com/

 

Sasquatch Days 2013

Sasquatch Days 2013

 

 

 

Only one month away!  Sasquatch Days 2013 will be held on June 8th and 9th on the beach front here in beautiful Harrison Hot Springs.

This cultural event is a collaboration between the Village of Harrison Hot Springs and the local First Nations Band of the Sts’ailes and includes War Canoe Races, Men’s, Women’s, Mixed Doubles, Buckskins, Small and Large Canoes.  There will be a salmon barbeque, Drumming, Artisans, Sasquatch Talks, Medicine walks, Games and Cedar Weaving.

Ever wonder what the difference was between War Canoes and Dragon Boats?
Dragonboats are the basis of the team paddling sport of dragon boat racing an amateur watersport which has its roots in an ancient folk ritual of contending villagers held over the past 2000 years throughout southern China. While ‘competition’ has taken place annually for more than 20 centuries as part of religious ceremonies and folk customs, dragon boat racing has emerged in modern times as an international sport, beginning in Hong Kong in 1976.
Typically, a war canoe will be faster than a dragon boat over any given distance, because of a better hull shape (narrower and without the characteristic ‘w’ shape of dragon boat hulls), lighter construction, and the kneeling position allowing for a fuller, more powerful stroke than the sitting position used in dragon boats.

The term ‘war canoe’ is derived from large Native American canoes intended for war, and war canoeing was in fact a popular sport in Vancouver,  before large gatherings of indigenous people were outlawed for a time beginning in 1922.  War canoeing among indigenous communities is enjoying a revival today, although there as yet has been little interaction with non-indigenous teams.

A war canoe holds 15 paddlers including one coxswain, or cox, for steering. Native Americans also utilized canoes in warfare, ranging from small, lightweight canoes for rapid raids to large, ceremonial canoes amply decorated for conferences and other events. As an attack craft, a canoe is actually quite well designed, because it can be easy to maneuver with a skilled crew, and it can be extremely fast with a lot of paddlers working together to propel the canoe. Native American war canoes are sometimes seen at ceremonial events held by groups with a tradition of canoe building

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