Other communities are isolated, but few have as many diverse festivals and events as we do here in the Powell River region. It could be the isolation or just a population that is community minded. Either way, in addition to numerous events in any given month, there are over 30 events that happen year after year with many that have been part of the community since the middle of the last century.
Not to brag (ok, I’m bragging), but for a relatively small community we are truly blessed to have the facilities to showcase all the arts and we do it in a big way. There is the annual Film Festival held at the Patricia Theatre in February, PRISMA held in the Evergreen Theatre and numerous events held in the Max Cameron Theatre, including big screen opera, musical groups and ballet. And then there is the Academy of Music that puts on concerts through the winter months as well as dance recitals throughout the year.
Arts Alive in the Park was started by Ann Nelson with the help of Roberta Pearson to showcase the wide array of performing and visual arts talent in the area. In 2009 the event came under the umbrella of the Powell River Arts Council.
Held over a week-end in August at Willingdon Beach Park, the event provides something for everyone with entertainment, children activities, art displays and local group information booths.
Many of the artists shown in the album have websites. To see the list go to Galleries Online.
Arts Alive in the Park
Powell River Studio Tour
Started in 2004 by artist Alfred Muma the Studio Tour features the work of artists from Lund to Lang Bay. The number of studio’s on the Tour vary from year to year, but the average is around 20 with many more artists represented at the galleries that participate in the Tour.
Taking part in this free event has the added benefit of enjoying our marvellous scenery driving from studio to studio; something James and I really enjoyed the year we took these photos.
Originally started by the Rotary Club, the Powell River Sea Fair Festival has been a tradition since 1963. In the years since, dedicated volunteers, with the enthusiastic support of the community, have kept the tradition alive.
While the festival itself is held over three days on a weekend in July, events leading up to it start a week or so in advance. Traditionally there is the business decorating contest, a treasure hunt (with an amazing array of gifts donated by local businesses awarded as the prize) and a colouring contest.
For more information about this fun, family event see