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Ryga Festival

The Ryga Festival, August 29 to September 2, 2018, features concerts, plays, storytelling and more, with internationally-known artists and the best of Okanagan talent. 

The Ryga Festival Society is a registered charitable society that organizes this annual arts and cultural festival in Summerland, BC that promotes arts appreciation and education.

George Ryga (1926-1987) is considered by many to be Canada’s most important English-language playwright. With his Grade 8 education and a love of literature and language, he created plays, screenplays, novels and poetry on his manual typewriter at his Summerland, BC home. One of these plays is the ground-breaking play, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, which was published to critical acclaim in 1967 and remains the best-selling Canadian play of all time.

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