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(2016) Marginal Arts Festival

You're on the 2016 Marginal Arts Festival website. This Festival is now renamed the Ryga Festival! Please visit us at

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! 

Click here to read news coverage of last year's festival.

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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.”