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.