Ryga Arts Festival 2021 Events Schedule

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Memoir in Multiple Mediums

Saturday, August 14th 10:00am - 1:00pm


Online Workshop

This workshop is a chance to explore ways to tell your personal story. Do you want to write an article? A memoir? A movie?

Mark Leiren-Young is the writing equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife. He has the tools to work in almost every medium and genre. He has won national and international awards for writing articles, books, plays, documentaries, dramas and comedies. For more on Mark visit www.leiren-young.com.

Driving the Doctor by Karla Hennig

Saturday, August 14th 1:00pm - 2:00pm and 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Sunday, August 15th 1:00pm - 2:00pm and 4:00pm - 5:00pm


Sage Hills Winery
18555 Matsu Drive, Summerland, BC V0H 1Z6

In partnership with Summerland Singers and Players

Theatre in the Vines

Join us for outdoor theatre ‘in the vines’ at Sage Hills winery, as we premiere a new one-act play by Karla Hennig. Set in Penticton during the last pandemic, this play, originally a finalist in our ten-minute play competition, explores the quagmire of rules and rule-breaking in challenging times.

How We Tell Stories - Community Conversation

Saturday, August 14th 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Pay what you choose

Online Community Conversation

Enjoy a rich exploration in this community conversation about how we ‘send’ and we ‘receive’ stories- and why the way we share is so connected to why we share.

Aaron Loewen’s BC Gypsy Jazz All-Stars (In Person Tickets Sold Out)

Saturday, August 14th 7:00pm - 9:00pm

$12 online/ $25 in person

Lunessence Winery (5716 Gartrell Road, Summerland, BC V0H 1Z7)

Join us for Aaron's high-spirited, joyful jazz all-stars, conjuring up images of 1930s Paris or New Orleans right here in Summerland.

Dance Like No One is Watching with Meagan O’Shea

Sunday, August 15th 10:00am - 12:00pm


Online Workshop

We’ll get into our bodies and move freely, together and autonomously. All levels of mobility are welcome- an open-level movement class.

Travis Lupick - Fighting For Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City's Struggle with Addiction

Sunday, August 15th 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Pay what you choose

Online Reading

Author Travis Lupick shares selections from Fighting for Space, highlighting the revolutionary approach to drug addiction that is saving lives in Vancouver.

THEATRE: Camp-ing by Ahmad Meree

Sunday, August 15th 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Pay what you choose

Online Reading

A play reading of Camp-ing, Ahmad Meree’s new play, which explores the experiences of surviving in a refugee camp and recreational camping, Canadian-style.

Extended Play

Monday, August 16th 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Pay what you choose

Online Words & Music

In partnership with the Summerland Branch Library.

Due to popular demand, our fusion of words and music is back!

This year we’re featuring readings from three inspiring Okanagan authors, Corinna Chong, Brian Isaac Taylor and Joanna Chiu, interspersed with captivating music selections from Kelowna folk duo Josh + Bex. Join us in celebrating new music, new fiction, non-fiction and short stories from around the valley.

Twelve Ravens for the Sun

Tuesday, August 17th 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Pay what you choose

Online Music

A sneak-peek into a richly-contrasting series of songs and poems by George Ryga, with new music by Sergei Ryga, plus talk back.

Can we do Better?: Erasure and Myths of Ukrainian-Indigenous Relations in Canada with Leah Hyrcun

Wednesday, August 18th 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Pay what you choose

Online Webinar

This presentation will share some of the stories of Ukrainians and Indigenous peoples that have been recovered from erasure and seeks to answer the question, can we do better when we tell our stories of these lands?

Ancestors and Elders

Wednesday, August 18th 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Pay what you choose

Online film screening and talk back

A filmed, live performance, co-created by the renowned Shumka Dancers and the Running Thunder Dancers, exploring the power of tradition and truth. Plus talk back.


Thursday, August 19th 7:00pm - 9:00pm


In person spoken word, prose, and poetry at Summergate Winery (11612 Morrow Ave, Summerland, BC V0H 1Z8)

Back by popular demand! An evening of live performances from Okanagan wordsmiths including spoken- word, all kinds of poetry, stories and more.

Celeigh Cardinal (In Person Tickets Sold Out)

Friday, August 20th 7:00pm - 9:00pm

$15 online/$30 in person

In person & Online Folk & Rocking Rave-up Concert at Lunessence Winery (5716 Gartrell Road, Summerland, BC V0H 1Z7) 

Performing in Summerland with her trio, this evening of music with multi-award-winning Caleigh Cardinal will range from sweet guitar strumming to Caleigh leading her band in a rocking rave-up.

Pharis and Jason Romero: Changed to Marin Patenaude—Music (In person SOLD OUT, online available) 

Saturday, August 21st 7:00pm - 9:00pm

$15 online/ $30 in person

In person and online indie-folk music at Lunessence Winery (5716 Gartrell Road, Summerland, BC V0H 1Z7)

Marin Patenaude’s confessional folk is deeply honest, inspired by the wildness of nature, the messiness of human connection, and the overwhelming desire to run away from it all. Emotional lyrics paired with softly powerful instrumentals craft stories that explore loving and losing, the fragility of the human condition, and stories of a rural upbringing. She has toured BC’s festival circuit, performed across Canada and in Germany and Switzerland, worked as a session harmony singer, and opened for Sarah McLachlan at the 2016 Vancouver International Jazz Festival, a personal career highlight.

The Ecstasy of George Ryga

Saturday, August 21st 12:00pm - 2:30pm

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Online Play Reading

By Mark Leiren-Young and George Ryga. When George Ryga wrote a play about the FLQ crisis, the Vancouver Playhouse declared it too hot to handle and canceled Canada’s most important and popular playwright. This reading of this funny and heartbreaking play shares the story of this amazingly topical slice of Canadian history and features scenes from Ryga’s most controversial stage play. 

Moira Dann

Sunday, August 22nd 12:00pm - 2:00pm

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Online Author Reading

This approachable author reading takes us into the family history, local lore, and oddities of one of Victoria’s most famous landmarks, told through twenty-one objects.

Activism and the Arts

Sunday, August 22nd 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Pay what you choose

Online Community Conversation

We’ll explore the dynamic relationship between the arts and social activism in this community conversation.