Art groups merge for Solstice Fest

Port Alberni is about to get a brand new annual arts festival to celebrate the start of summer.

Port Alberni is about to get a brand new annual arts festival to celebrate the start of summer. The Solstice Arts Festival will take place in Port Alberni’s Arts District over three days, June 17–19.

The Solstice Arts Festival brings four Alberni Valley Festivals together under one umbrella for an unforgettable weekend of art exhibits, music, theatrical performances and street entertainment fun for the whole family. Seed funding for the festival was distributed by the Rotary Arts District grant program amongst four groups.  The Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley (“Days with the Arts”) spearheaded the festival, joined by Portal Players Dramatic Society (improv/music), Alberni Art Rave Society (“Art Rave”) and the Art Matters Society (“Festival of Artistic Creative Expression”= F.A.C.E.) in bringing this new community event to the Rotary Arts District.

The principal objective of the Solstice Arts Festival is to encourage excellence in all forms of arts and crafts, and to assist in the promotion and sale of quality work, celebrating arts, crafts and music, according to a group spokesperson.

Rollin Art Centre will be the kick-off venue for a reception for an art exhibit on Friday, June 17. This reception and group art exhibit showcasing local artists will be hosted by Alberni Art Rave.

Details are still coming together as organizers prepare for the fest; keep watching our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/AlberniSolstice, or call the Rollin Art Centre at 250-724-3412.