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Lineup announced for the 2014 Harrison Festival of the Arts

Banditaliana play July 20 at the Harrison Memorial Hall. - Submitted
Banditaliana play July 20 at the Harrison Memorial Hall.
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The 2014 Harrison Festival of the Arts lineup was announced this week by new artistic director Andy Hillhouse who has stuck with the aesthetic of cultural diversity that has defined the event since its inception.

For 36 years the Harrison Festival of the Arts has presented the best in Canadian and international performing and visual arts in a setting free of large crowds, lineups and high ticket prices.

This year’s world music and arts festival runs July 12 to 20 with events, as usual, on the stage at the Harrison Memorial Hall, on the beach stage, with the art market on the beach and art exhibit indoors.

Enjoy festival activities set against the magnificent mountains and sandy beaches of Harrison Lake, while experiencing the many fine restaurants, shops and other attractions offered by the beautiful, lakeside Village of Harrison Hot Springs.

The festival is an event the whole family can enjoy, featuring music from all corners of the globe, as well as visual and literary arts, theatre, a large outdoor art and craft market, workshops and a special day for children.

Hillhouse said he wanted to have a taste of the local community, which comes in the form of an opening night “Straight from the Valley” concert featuring young performers from the Fraser Valley. The Langley Ukulele Ensemble and the University of the Fraser Valley Bhangra Club will share the stage with The Sabir Sisters who were raised in Abbotsford.

There are eight evening hall performances, one evening of theatre and one evening of literary readings.

Other evening hall stage performers include contemporary calypso band Kobo Town, acoustic blues performer Eric Bibb, Mexican-born singer-songwriter Quique Escamilla, and virtuosic pipers Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson.

The music on the beach is always a popular spot as visitors enjoy music from around the world on the outdoor stage with the mountains and Harrison Lake as a backdrop.

The day-time beach stage will be host to Celtic/Maori sensation Pacific Curls, legendary Scottish fingerstyle guitarist Tony McManus, singer-songwriter Mae Moore and more.

The festival’s visual art exhibit takes place at the picturesque Ranger Station Art Gallery.

The festival also hosts workshops led by festival performers.

Children’s Day on July 16 is a special day for the young and young at heart.

Always bustling is the juried art market July 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 under the tents on the grass in front of the beach. The juried market hosts some of B.C.’s finest artists and artisans featuring an array of handcrafted items.

• For a full look at the lineup for 2014, visit www.harrisonfestival.com.

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