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2020 Programming Update


Dear Friends and Supporters of the Ryga Arts Festival:

      We hope you and all your loved ones are healthy and safe. This letter is to update you on our plans for the fifth Ryga Arts Festival this summer, still scheduled to take place August 14 - 23. Yes, we continue to plan and are committed to keep our Festival going in the spirit of experimentation and resiliency that was so much part of George Ryga's improvisatory working method and, indeed, of his life.

      The Board of the Ryga Festival Society has decided to postpone the Annual General Meeting until it’s safe to gather. We also set a deadline of June 1 to determine what formats this year's events will take. Artistic Director Heather Davies informed us, “I am considering changes to our programming to include live-streaming and online options of our events. My continued aim is for us to have a festival that brims with innovation, creativity and the spirit of community.”

      We want to thank our funders and supporters from across the country and our indispensable volunteers here in the Okanagan. Our gratitude extends to all artists and audiences who have participated in our events. The Board, along with our new national Council of Advisors, is proud of all that we have achieved together in the past four years. We look forward to connecting with you in the coming weeks. Please stay in touch and take good care.

Ryga Festival Society
Board of Directors