COLUMN: Plenty of activity at this year’s Ryga Arts Festival

Festival runs Aug. 13 to 21

The annual Ryga Arts Festival, which will be held in August, pays tribute to the works of Canadian playwright George Ryga. (File photo)

The annual Ryga Arts Festival, which will be held in August, pays tribute to the works of Canadian playwright George Ryga. (File photo)

When you live in the Okanagan there are certain things you come to expect in the summer. Bountiful fruit from the orchards, scorching hot days at the beach and plenty of friends and family coming to visit.

It’s a time to show off the community at its best and perfect timing for the Ryga Arts Festival. We are celebrating the legacy of George Ryga with a festival of words, music and theatre for nine days this summer from Saturday, Aug. 13 to Sunday Aug. 21.

The line up of performers, authors, musicians and actors is stellar. Check out the schedule on the new and improved website at rygafest.ca, where you can purchase tickets and read more about each event.

A fantastic feature this year is the “pay what you choose” option, a wonderful way to transition from being online at home to participating in person at events all around the community. Invite your family and friends to take part in the Ryga Arts Festival, truly memorable experiences await.

The Summerland Library is partnered up with the Ryga Arts Festival again and thrilled to be hosting Andrea Warner on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Delight in a rousing conversation as writer, broadcaster and journalist, Andrea Warner shares her extraordinary experience of all things creative, including co-writing and producing the forthcoming Buffy Sainte-Marie documentary, Carry It On, and co-hosting the feminist pop culture podcast Pop This! Andrea will be reading excerpts from her book, Buffy Sainte-Marie: the authorized biography, and if you thought listening to her podcast was fun, wait until you meet her in person. Grab those tickets early for this special event.

Perhaps you have a story of your own to tell? The library is the best place for that to happen. Pop into the Storybooth and record an audio or video tale of your connection with food! Planting, growing, harvesting, or cooking, we want to hear those stories.

Copy out a favourite recipe for all to share, local ingredients are the star of the show. The Storybooth is open to all ages Saturday, Aug. 13, Tuesday, Aug. 16 and Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Ask at the front desk for more details.

Back by popular demand is the Ryga Arts Festival version of Vinyl Night. A lively evening to revel in the groovy ambience of the library while you listen, dance and enjoy the eclectic playlist we create together. Flip through your LPs and choose one or two to bring with you, make sure to indicate your song choice. Local winery and brewery options by the glass will be available for those 19 and older. Get your tickets soon at rygafest.ca to avoid disappointment. Rock out at Vinyl Night on Monday, Aug. 15 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. If you want more information about this year’s events or to learn about George Ryga and why we honour his legacy with a festival, drop into the library, staff are happy to help.

Caroline McKay is the community librarian at the Summerland branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.

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