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BC Day Long Weekend 2019, August 2nd – 5th August | Wells & Barkerville, BC | Lhtako Dene Territory

The Cariboo’s largest celebration of music and art, the ArtsWells Festival, is back for its 16th season in the colourful community of Wells and the historic goldrush town of Barkerville, BC from August 2 – 5, 2019. 

Known as the “festival of all things art,” ArtsWells showcases hundreds of artists working in an array of art forms and musical genres in unique venues throughout the two towns. Intimate rooms like the Sunset Theatre in Wells or St. Saviour’s Church in Barkerville Historic Town provide space for artistic reverie while the Wells Community Hall and the Outdoor Stage give you room to get down on the dance floor. With both towns creating the festival site, arts and culture abound on every street corner including visual art installations, roving performers, parades, literary readings, theatre shows and inspiring music from morning until night. Delve further into the experience of art with the many workshops and special collaborations that take place throughout the weekend, or head down to the creek to soak up the sounds of a spontaneous musical jam.

At the heart of it all, ArtsWells offers four fun-filled days of creative community and artistic connection with exceptional musical experiences for every taste under the rainbow, young and old. It welcomes everyone to be a participant and dive into the diversity and beauty of art that exists in our own backyard and across the globe.

Weekend passes start at $160 and are available from www.artswells.com and children aged 12 and under are free. This year all pass holders get free entrance to Barkerville Historic Town! And every adult weekend pass includes a $15 voucher to spend at the festival merch booth. Camping and other accommodations available from ArtsWells and other providers throughout Wells and Barkerville. 

ArtsWells Festival and Island Mountain Arts is grateful to operate on the traditional and unceded territory of the Lhtako Dene part of the Dakelh Nation.

Thank you to all of our ArtsWells Partners and Sponsors!

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"American-Canadian @hannahbbepperson has many strings to her bow. A successful ultimate frisbee player for Canada's national team, a consummate violinist, a wonderful songwriter, Hannah Epperson is the real deal, millenial artist" @thelineofbestfit we are thrilled to welcome Hannah back to ...
"You can’t help but be tempted by the scent of fresh-baked breads, like Goldfield Bakery’s famous signature sourdough bread, as well as pastries, cakes and cookies. Every original-recipe item is lovingly made fresh every morning from scratch by dedicated local ...
We are excited to announce the @SnottyNoseRezKids will be performing at this years ArtsWells Festival as part of their 2019 Trapline Tour! They are an Indigenous hip hop duo currently based out of Vancouver, BC. Proudly hailing from the Haisla ...
"The town of Wells has an interesting and intriguing history as a hard rock mining town. The Wells gold rush began when new prospectors came calling with new mining techniques. One was Fred Wells, and it was his name that ...
@oldsoulrebelmusic is going to soothe your soul at ArtsWells 2019! Bold. Upbeat. Immense and Soulful is the cutting edge sound which is Old Soul Rebel. Formed in Vancouver BC in late 2015 by a like-minded need to sing stories of ...
We are currently hiring for the 16th Annual ArtsWells Festival of All Things Art! Become a part of the ArtsWells Festival Team and help make the magic happen. Visit our website to view full job postings and apply! #artswells #islandmountainarts
Congratulations to Jen Monford who won a weekend pass to ArtsWells at the Tiny Lights Festival annual historic Grocery Race! Huge thanks to @tinylightsfestival for an incredible weekend of music and art in the beautiful town of Ymir, BC. #seeyouinwells ...
We are excited to announce the first round of artists for this Summer’s #artswellsfestival in #wellsbc & #barkerville, they are: Al Simmons, @BlackberryWood, @Blocktreat, Close Talker, Company B, @CorwinFoxMusic, Dan Bern, Danny Bell and His Disappointments, Dave Soroka, DJ Kookum, ...
We are very excited to share with you our first round announcement of artists who will be performing at the 16th ArtsWells Festival this Thursday! #islandmountainarts #wellsbc #artswells #cbcarts
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The best camping getaways are filled with a balance of creativity, culture, art, craft, music, meditation and a pinch of magic. #islandmountainarts #wellsbc #artswells #cbcarts
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We are pleased to announce a new partnership between @ArtsWellsFestival and @barkervillebc which will allow festival-goers complementary entry into the sister-town for the duration of the ArtsWells Festival. Barkerville Historic Town & Park is a year-round family destination just 8kms ...
Join us at the @sunset_theatre in Wells on Wednesday, June 5 for an intimate evening of music with An Evening with Gary Fjellgaard!
Raised on the farm on the Canadian prairies this award-winning singer/songwriter is a champion of vanishing values ...
We are looking for helpful humans to assist with all aspects of our site building/pack-down and festival weekend operations. If you are somebody who is keen and available to help, please head on over to the sign-up form on our ...
Did you know our annual gathering is presented over two towns, where unique experiences are performed both in venues and out in nature? One of our most spectacular venues is the beloved Sunset Theatre!
Originally a movie theatre built in ...
Wells is a peaceful place overflowing with colour, creation and inspiration. Our team strives every year to build an environment for you to be adventurous in, to explore your inner creativity throughout many mediums of art. With participation and collaboration, ...
Thousands of BC artists dream of having their work heard, seen and recognized by the public and their peers, many of which found that initial creative path in our town of Wells.
For 16 years ArtsWells Festival has played a ...
Did you know we have 5 pre-festival workshops this year? In our ‘Intro to Roots Guitar with @Doug cox3106’ Workshop you'll learn;
🎸5 things you can do with your right hand (this includes intros to flatpicking, bass thumping, alternate thumb, ...
What puts you in the best mood ever? Is it discovering new music, learning a secret skill, meeting new friends, dancing like nobody's watching, dining on creative culinary delights? Get your best mood motivated at ArtsWells Festival 2019 - Tickets ...
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2019 Line-Up – First Release

Pre-Fest Workshops

Come early to Wells and take part in a singing or songwriting workshop! More information on the Pre-Fest Workshops page here.

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