Esquimalt Arts Festival hits stride in third year

Township Community Arts Council hoping to bring in a larger, younger crowd to this year's event

The annual Esquimalt Arts Festival will be expanding as it enters its third year, and the Township Community Arts Council, which takes the reins this year, is hoping to bring in a larger, younger crowd.

The festival will feature an “artist walk” made up of 35 artists from across the Island, who will showcase their work and discussing their process with attendees. Arts council secretary-treasurer Louise Ryan, said that artists will be grouped closer together this year, hopefully resulting in a more “community feel.”

“Our main goal is to engage Esquimalt, and to bring people out here to out here to enjoy the art and enjoy the park,” Ryan said. “But we also want to bring our artists together, and encourage them to collaborate.”

Ryan said she hopes to make this year’s festival more family-oriented by bringing in more work geared towards youth. Among them is the B.C. Maritime Museum, which will be hosting a “pirate school” at the festival. More digital media-based artists will also be included this year, which organizers hope will inspire interest in younger attendees.

The event will also feature six musical acts, including headliner Louise Rose, a local, award-winning jazz singer. A convoy of food trucks will also be present.

The Esquimalt Arts Festival takes place at Gorge Park, on Aug. 10 from noon to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Just Posted

HarbourCats bats hot in home return

Victoria squad downs Yakima Valley Pippins 17-2

Victoria veteran receives French Legion of Honour, becoming knight of France

Ted Vaughan was a pilot in the 408 “Goose” Squadron in WW2

Witness the passion and fire of flamenco in Victoria this July

Seventh annual Victoria Flamenco Festival features free and ticketed performances downtown

Sidney youth bowl over the competition, head for nationals

Youngsters take Mens and Womens Singles Championships at recent tournament

West Shore resident, local officer encourages women to take control of their safety

Kris Greffard is posting short videos with safety tips for women using local trails and parks

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Six inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame

The 26th ceremony in Penticton welcomed powerful figures both from on and off the ice

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics to operate year-round

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

How much do you know about the moon?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, see how well you know space

POLL: Do you carry reusable shopping bags?

While a court ruling determined the City of Victoria’s plastic bag ban… Continue reading

Most Read