Feature Story                                                                                                   Monday, June 29, 2015


Festival Calling

Annual Harrison Festival of the Arts features family events, music from around the world July 11-19

Mel Dunster, Harrison Festival Society


The Harrison Festival of the Arts July 11-19 will feature vendors and a huge lineup of bands at assorted venues including a beach stage.


eautiful British Columbia is home to a vast and diverse community of professional artisans and designers. The 37th annual Harrison Festival of the Arts, running from July 11 to 19 in Harrison Hot Springs will be showcasing a sampling of this creative culture at their Festival Art Market, July 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19.


Artisans and designers from as far away as the Okanagan region will be joining a strong showing from the local Fraser Valley.

"The Fraser Valley has a vibrant arts scene and we are very pleased to be welcoming such a broad selection of unique local vendors to our small lake side Village," says Harrison Festival Society Artistic Director, Andy Hillhouse.

Set amongst the breathtaking mountain scenery of Harrison Lake, this juried market has been a staple feature of the Festival for more than 25 years.


The more than 50-plus vendors that make up this waterfront market offer a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind home decor, body care, food, fashion and artful creations amidst the small town atmosphere and hospitality of Harrison Hot Springs.


"We are proud to support and nurture locally produced handmade products," says Hillhouse. "As a grassroots organization we know firsthand the importance of community minded small business in contributing to healthy communities."



This year’s Harrison Festival showcases both the stellar talent of BC's artisan community as well as national and international performers from around the globe. For 37 years the Harrison Festival has presented the very best in world quality performing and visual arts and 2015 is no exception. Evening Concerts in the Harrison Memorial Hall feature the likes of Moroccan world groove group Ayrad, the 'Jimi Hendrix of the West African Ngoni' Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, electric Blues duo The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, celebrated Scottish folk band Breabach and Newfoundland vocal trio The Once just to name a few.


The free access Beach Stage features performers of no less caliber including contemporary Québécois trad ensemble Les Poules à Colin, Chinese string band Red Chamber, Latin fusion group Tanga, alternative neo folk musician Oliver Swain's BIG MACHINE, traditional Persian group Vashaan Ensemble, Nunavut folk rock group The Jerry Cans and many more. With two music venues, a waterfront Art Market, Visual Art Exhibit, Children's Day, weekend workshops and new Acoustic Stage the Harrison Festival of the Arts is an event for the whole family amidst the breathtaking scenery and small town atmosphere of beautiful Harrison Hot Springs.


Admission to the Festival Art Market is by donation. Complete lineup and tickets for the 37th annual Harrison Festival of the Art are available online at www.harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604.796.3664 or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison. Early bird pricing available until June 26.



About the Harrison Festival Society

Known worldwide for its professional artistry and small town hospitality, the Harrison Festival Society has long been a beacon for growing acceptance of diversity and purpose fueled programming. Each July for more than 35 years the Society has produced the internationally acclaimed Harrison Festival of the Arts, a nine day, cross-disciplinary, multicultural art event set amidst the small town atmosphere and breathtaking scenery of Harrison Hot Springs, BC. A non-profit, grass-roots organization, the Society also presents an annual Season of the Performing Arts from September to May and works closely with a number of Fraser Valley partners in continuing to bring high quality, inclusive and accessible performing arts into the area.


The Harrison Festival Society is proudly supported by the following partners & sponsors:






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