Arts and sustainability at Midnight Sun

poster_image_website_2The first ever Midnight Sun Arts & Film Festival is set to delight artists, art lovers, film-makers and nature fans with a program of events from August 7 to 9.

Created by Sun Peaks resident Dasha Novak, it will feature art and design exhibitions with a focus on sustainability and nature, as well as arts and photography workshops, and free children’s art classes.

Four award winning documentaries focusing on sustainability and the environment will also be played throughout the weekend: Reaching Blue, Yakona, Queen of the Sun and All the Time in the World.

All the Time in the World producer Suzanne Crocker will be in attendance at the festival, hosting a Q & A before her film, which documents the story of her family leaving the comforts of home to live remotely in the Yukon wilderness for 12 months, with no electricity, no Internet, TV or phones, and no clocks or watches.

“I think it’s going to be a big highlight,” Novak said. “The film features some amazing footage and the Q & A with Crocker will be a real gem.”

Novak has a background in visual arts, photography and film, studying and teaching at Emily Carr University before starting her own production company in Vancouver. Over the past year, she has begun a new chapter of her life in Sun Peaks.

“My background has given me a good foundation for putting together (the festival). Sun Peaks is an amazing village, and I always thought it would make a great venue for something like this.

“(Arts and sustainability) are things I’ve always been passionate about. I also like to bring people together, and give people a forum to exchange ideas and inspire each other.”

Visit the Green Art Festival website for more information on Midnight Sun.

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