Richmond Maritime Festival sailing to a summer reimagining
18 August 2020
The City’s annual celebration of all things nautical is embracing the change in the wind for 2020. The Richmond Maritime Festival will bring performances, hands-on fun, storytelling and much more to online platforms from Friday August 28 to Monday, September 7.
“As with every year, we look forward to celebrating Richmond’s strong maritime heritage,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “And though normally we would gather at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, we look forward to gathering in a different way and enjoying incredible performances and the spirit of the Richmond Maritime Festival from our own homes.”
For the first time in its 17 years, the Richmond Maritime Festival will take place entirely online as Richmond Maritime Festival Reimagined. This decision follows many similar ones, all addressing COVID-19 safety measures.
The kick-off celebration on Friday, August 28 will feature a welcome from Mayor Malcolm Brodie and performances by a capella trio Cannery Mermaids, Mad Jazz and The Seabillys. Peppered in among the music will be stories by Kevin Lee and the Britannia Shipyards Heritage Society, dances performed by Coastal Wolf Pack and a hands-on activity by Richmond Maritime Festival artistic visionary Marina Szijarto. There will also be appearances by festival favourites Rikki the Rat and Lulu the Mermaid.
Following the kick-off event, viewers can tune in daily to the @FunRichmond Facebook page or visit RichmondMaritimeFestival.ca for a compilation of music, hands-on activities, story-telling and history from great artists and performers.
For more details and the schedule of each day’s events, visit RichmondMaritimeFestival.ca.
The Richmond Maritime Festival is brought to you by the Richmond Arts Coalition, the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site Society and the City of Richmond, with funding support from of the Department of Canadian Heritage.