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-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 2016 over one hundred artists, and 45 volunteers participated in the festival. As well, the festival recorded an attendance of 4,100 people from among of all ages, and over 600 students 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.