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RiverFest celebrates World Rivers Day
There’s been a lot of change in New Westminster through 153 years. But the one constant has been the Fraser River.
Next weekend, the Fraser gets its own festival, RiverFest: Inspired by the Fraser.
Co-produced by the Hyack Festival Association, the Fraser River Discovery Centre and presented by Port Metro Vancouver, the event is also a local celebration of World Rivers Day.
RiverFest will show off the Fraser in all its majesty through a presentation at the Fraser River Discovery Centre by photographer and archeologist Rick Blacklaws. He’ll also conduct a workshop for aspiring photographers.
Filmmaker Jan Vozenilek will tell a cautionary tale of the threat of pollution to waterways like the Fraser with his presentation on an island of garbage that floats in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
“From the beauty of the Fraser River to the devastation that lies below the surface, these two presentation will foster a stronger understanding and desire to become part of the solution,” said Cindy Sale, chair of the RiverFest committee.
But RiverFest isn’t all serious.
On Saturday, the 29th, the boardwalk at Westminster Quay will be alive with entertainment featuring B.C. performers like Andrew Allen, Headwater and The Washboard Union.
There will also be art exhibits, interactive activities, free harbour tours and, at 3 p.m., a parade of workboats and marine vessels.
For a full schedule, go to www.facebook.com/RiverFestNewWest.