Harmony Arts Festival • celebrating the arts, community and nature
The Harmony Arts Festival is a community based festival whose aim is to support local artists, celebrate and share the value of arts in our community and build something amazing, together.
Discover the history of a festival inspired and built by community.
In 1990, the District of West Vancouver, a municipality, with a long history of commitment to art, architecture and design, was looking to bring greater awareness to community-based artists. Within days of a Council directive, staff created and announced a multi-day, community festival that would play host to local musicians and visual artists.
The natural scenery and energy of Ambleside presented the ideal festival setting: local artists had been universally inspired by its panorama of ocean, beach and parkland; and, with the presence of the Ferry Building and Silk Purse Galleries, and the West Vancouver Museum, Ambleside was an established arts and culture corridor.
Now in its 23rd year, the festival continues to stretch with new and creative elements, but at the same time, remains true to its original tenets. The tenets of free public access AND celebration of the waterfront continue to support a broad and genuine showcase of local artists and artistry.
Unique experiences and landscapes
Strong sponsorship support, artist participation and volunteerism have helped to build and define the Harmony Arts Festival. Fortunately, for organizers, more than 200 volunteers return each year to deliver a one-of-a-kind and memorable festival experience. When asked why they keep coming back, volunteers say, “It’s the ever-changing waterfront canvas” and “the celebration of local art and performance” that strengthens their desire to participate. The festival is a point of pride for anyone living on the North Shore.
Building on a 20-year tradition and successful celebration of the arts
On the heels of a very successful 2012 festival, which attracted more than 80,000 people, the festival logo and website were refreshed to reflect a renewed energy and enthusiasm for the arts, our unique natural landscape and celebration of community in West Vancouver. The new website is just one way to offer more up-to-date information about performances, displays and artists. This year continues with a great local showcase of artists, legendary musicians and performers, displays of Canadian film, cuisine and distinctive wine collections. Thanks for joining us this year, see you next summer!