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Maritime festival spotlights nautical history

Don Fennell   May-17-2018

The Boom Booms will play at the Richmond Maritime Festival July 28.

Photo courtesy City of Richmond

Each summer, for the last 14 years, the Richmond Maritime Festival has put the spotlight on the community’s nautical history.

This year will be no different, although the celebration will be held a little earlier than in the past—shifting to the weekend of July 28 and 29.


Among a myriad of things to do and see, the historical exhibits are not be missed. Among these is the Chinese Bunkhouse.

Visitors will be inspired by the incredible stories of Chinese cannery workers, and their remarkable courage in the face of hardship. Interactive displays, rare photos and short films will help bring the exhibit to life, and provide a new perspective on life in Steveston in the early 20th century.

Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, with free admission for all ages, the 15th annual festival will also feature a variety of local performing artists including indie soul favourites The Boom Booms. The group will perform at 2:15 p.m. July 28.

Each year, the festival invites local visual artists to submit proposals to design the event poster. Richmond artist Ashley Rose Goentoro has been commissioned to come up with this year’s design.

The whimsical charm to her watercolour paintings ties in with the festival’s focus on arts, culture and history.

The Richmond Maritime Festival is produced by the City of Richmond,presented by RE/MAX agents of the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, and supported by Canadian Heritage.

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