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(2016) Marginal Arts Festival

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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. 


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.”