Welcome to the Ryga Festival website. We're in the process of
updating for 2017.
Last year, we held the our first festival, the Marginal Arts Festival on Labour Day weekend, September 1-3, 2016. This year the Ryga Festival will again be on Labour Day Weekend, Sept 1-3, 2017.
The Festival was developed to honour George Ryga, 1932 - 1987, who lived in Summerland, BC and created most of his work there. All of the visiting artists at this inaugural festival had a connection to George Ryga.
Thanks to everyone who participated last year! We are planning 2017 and invite your participation and support!
To become involved, as an artist, a volunteer, or to join the Ryga Festival Society and get involved, please contact us on this page!
MORE ABOUT GEORGE RYGA
George Ryga is British Columbia’s greatest playwright. His ground-breaking drama, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (1967) awakened the country to the continuing tragedy of Indigenous Peoples. Two years later, the play opened the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The same year Grass and Wild Strawberries (with Chilliwack, then The Collectors), broke all attendance records at the Vancouver Playhouse.
“More than any other writer,” said theatre director John Juliani, “George Ryga was responsible for first bringing the contemporary age to the Canadian stage.”