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Colourful crew returns for the Richmond Maritime Festival

07 July 2016

Calling all landlubbers, sea dogs and scallywags – magical Maritime merriment is back in the heart of Steveston for another year. The 13th annual Richmond Maritime Festival returns for a two-day celebration of nautical and natural splendour. Come visit the waterside festival at Britannia Shipyards, National Historic Site to enjoy a flotilla of historic boats and ships, a full crew of colourful creatures from above and below the sea, live music, roving performers, visual artists, stilt walkers, puppets, storytellers, dancers, and food trucks. Experience the wonder as Britannia Shipyards is transformed into an enchanted ocean playground, August 6 and 7. This year’s festival is presented by Port of Vancouver.

The festival is fun for the whole family and features various arts and crafts activities, storytelling, wooden boat displays, a variety of nautical demonstrations, live entertainment and more.

A Saturday night concert will be held on the YVR Community Stage, with folk/rock/alternative country band headliners, The Matinee, and also featuring The Myrtle Family, a multi-disciplinary group of local artists who play with the theatrics of clown, dance and music. Admission to the concert and festival is free.

This year, the Richmond Maritime Festival’s poster illustration has been created by local resident, Brenda Clark. Clark is a Richmond based architect and artist who is actively involved in the Richmond arts scene. She is a member of the Riverside Artists’ Circle, and a past member of the Richmond Gem & Mineral Club, the Richmond Potters’ Club, and was president of the Image Printmakers’ Group, all based in the Richmond Cultural Centre.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, August 6 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 7. For more details on this event please visit

The Richmond Maritime Festival, presented by Port of Vancouver, is produced in collaboration with the Richmond Arts Coalition and the City of Richmond.  The Festival is made possible thanks to the support of Canadian Heritage. Additional sponsors include: Community Stage Sponsor Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Canadian Western Bank, Fraser Surrey Docks, Fraser River Industrial Association, and Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society; and Media Sponsors, CTV, QM/FM, Richmond News, Georgia Straight, Miss 604 and 102.7 The Peak.