Arts Alive Festival growing

About 15,000 expected downtown on Saturday for the festival.

It’s all about bringing people to downtown Langley City, to discover everything the local businesses have to offer, and at the same time to present an unbeatable festival experience suitable for the entire family.

For more than two decades now, the annual Arts Alive has been doing just that.

And, this year’s one-day mega art exhibition – happening on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – will be no exception, said event organizer Teri James, the executive director for the Downtown Langley Business Association.

“After 22 years of growing, this is one of the largest art festivals in the Lower Mainland,” boasted James, who anticipates a similar crowd to last year – which topped out at about 15,000.

The one-way strip of Fraser Highway will once again be blocked off to vehicle traffic (from 204th to 206th Streets), making way for close to 250 art exhibitors and vendors who will display an array of wares, from the more traditional jewelry and paintings to glass, sculpture, furniture, pottery, chain and metal art, photography, quilts, and other fabric and wood art.

Likewise, there will be authors and live performers (music and theatrical), and James is particularly excited that Arts Alive is expanding the kids venue this year (see story page A16).

“Don’t miss out,” she said. “Come down and be part of this great community festival, and let the local businesses show their thanks for your patronage.”


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