Thank you for your support during the past five seasons! We look forward to bringing you another exciting festival in 2019!

Since its inception in 2004, (with the exception of a brief hiatus), The Sechelt Arts Festival has been produced by Arcadian Productions, a Sechelt-based event company with over three decades of festival and special event management experience, VSO Summer Music Series, Celtic Fest Vancouver, and Music Fest Vancouver to name a few.

The District of Sechelt is required to review the production contract every few years and tender Request for Proposals. The contract is currently under review for renewal, (February 2019) and interested festival management companies have been invited to tender. The incumbent, Arcadian Productions, will be submitting a proposal under the direction of the festival’s current co-producers, Ross Powell and Diana Robertson.

Your comments and expressions of support for the incumbent producers to produce the 2019 festival are welcome. Email: [email protected]

Ross Powell and Diana Robertson, co-producers

Festival Mandate

The Sunshine Coast’s Leading Edge Performing and Visual Arts Festival

The Sechelt Arts Festival provides accessible arts programming to all residents of the District of Sechelt and area, showcasing local talent to residents and visitors in a professionally produced ten-fourteen day event. The Festival supports and encourages Sunshine Coast artists by providing opportunities for collaboration among the multi-talented coast arts community and embraces all art forms, including dance, music, theatre, heritage, and the visual arts. In 2018 over one hundred performers, artists, and 50 volunteers participated in the planning and implementation of the festival. As well, the festival recorded attendance of over 4,100 people from of all ages. Over 400 students attended our school shows or toured the curated art exhibition and heritage exhibits.

Festival Objectives

• To expose our community to innovative and diverse artistic expressions

• To encourage artists to deepen, reflect, and challenge their art practices

• To encourage a collaborative dialogue and learning experience between artists and our indigenous cultures

• To include and encourage emerging artists


Celebrating 15 years of operation in 2018, the Sechelt Arts Festival has become the leading edge platform for engaging the Sunshine Coast artistic community in innovative visual and performing art projects.