Welcome to the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, celebrating 39 years in 2021.
Tickets to the 2021 Festival of the Written Arts, taking place July 4 to August 15, will go on sale on Tuesday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m. on Showpass. Here’s the link to the Festival events. First day ticket sales will be online only.
Please note: Our plans are based on being allowed to gather in groups of up to 50 in the Festival Pavilion. This means we will have fewer than 500 tickets to sell for the entire series. We request that you limit your purchase to four tickets (for the entire series) so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to enjoy an in-person experience. If things go well in BC, and if the Public Health Officer gives a clear go-ahead to increase the number of people who can gather together safely in our venue, we will consider increasing the number of tickets accordingly.
Our safety plan will include the requirement that everyone wears a mask unless seated in the Pavilion.
All events will be recorded by a professional videographer and will be posted online as a virtual festival for the last two weeks of August. Tickets to the virtual festival will go on sale at the beginning of August.
Office location, hours and contact information
The Festival takes place in the beautiful Rockwood Gardens, a heritage park located in downtown Sechelt. There is a wheelchair accessible pathway leading directly to the Festival Pavilion, the venue where all events take place. Please call the office at 604-885-9631 in advance to make seating arrangements or to request the assistance of an Accessibility volunteer who can meet you upon arrival.
Parking along Shorncliffe Avenue is reserved for vehicles displaying disability parking permits. There is also a pick-up and drop-off area on Shorncliffe Avenue beside the Festival office.
Washrooms: Please refer to the venue map (below) for the location of wheelchair accessible washrooms. All washrooms are gender neutral.
- Please note that for security purposes, the Pavilion will be cleared after each performance.
- Taping and recording any event is prohibited.
- Use of flash cameras and video recorders is not permitted in the Pavilion.
- Parents are requested to remove noisy or restless children from the Pavilion.
- Please, no cellular phones during events.
- Patrons with special seating needs are requested to call the office prior to attending the festival.
- Limited parking for patrons with physical disabilities is available on a first come first served basis.
- There is a drop-off and pick-up area at the Shorncliffe Avenue entrance to the festival site.
- No dogs are allowed on the festival site (with the exception of service dogs).
- The Sechelt Farmers & Artisans Market will be on Cowrie Street on the Saturday of the Festival until 2 pm. Please map out your approach in advance and call the Festival office for advice and directions if you’re not familiar with the area.
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Concession and Book Sales
Due to COVID-19 protocols and restrictions, there will be no food and beverage service on the Festival site in 2021. You are welcome to bring your own non-alcoholic beverage with you (please, no glass containers in the Festival Pavilion).
Our official Festival bookseller, Talewind Books, will be on site at each event to manage sales and author signings after each event. You can also visit the shop at 5494 Trail Avenue in Sechelt.
Travel & Lodging
How do I get to Sechelt?
Passengers and vehicles sail aboard BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay, in West Vancouver, to Langdale, approximately 15 miles (24 km) from Sechelt. Follow Highway 101 to Sechelt. Public transit and taxi are available between Langdale and Sechelt, and it’s a popular bike route, too.
If you’re travelling from central and northern Vancouver Island, or Powell River, travel with BC Ferries from Saltery Bay to Earls Cove. Then follow Highway 101 to Sechelt, a scenic drive that takes approximately one hour.
Visitor information: https://sunshinecoastcanada.com/explore/south-coast/sechelt/
- Click here for area map (map courtesy of Roger Handling / Terra Firma Digital Arts).
- Finding the Festival: see map of Sechelt and map of Rockwood Centre.
Places to stay
Sunshine Coast Tourism has listings for everything from campsites to resorts. There is limited accommodation within walking distance of the Rockwood Centre, where the Festival is held, so be sure to ask about location when you book.
Weather & what to wear
Summer days in Sechelt are usually sunny with a refreshing breeze off the ocean. But sometimes, dare we say, it rains. Your best bet is to bring casual, layer-able clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Please note that the Festival Pavilion is open air and is not heated.
Absolutely. For those who do not wish to attend Festival events, there are lots of activities in our region to keep them busy: sightseeing, beaching, hiking, mountain biking, golfing, boating, and more.
Please support our efforts to reduce waste. Bring your own refillable water bottles and coffee cups. Commercially bottled water is not sold on the festival site but drinking water will be available. All of our plates, cutlery, napkins and beverage cups are compostable. These items, as well as paper, cardboard and food waste, can be tossed into clearly marked collection bins instead of the garbage.
- Sunshine Coast Tourism www.sunshinecoastcanada.com
- Official site of Tourism British Columbia www.hellobc.com
- BC Ferries www.bcferries.com
- Sunshine Coast Transit information bctransit.com/sunshine-coast/
- British Columbia Provincial Parks www.elp.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/
- Road reports www.gov.bc.ca/tran/
- Coast Cultural Alliance — non-profit organization promoting Sunshine Coast arts and culture www.suncoastarts.com
- Visitor information: https://sunshinecoastcanada.com/
- District of Sechelt www.sechelt.ca
- Sunshine Coast Regional District official website — local government information and more www.scrd.ca
- Coast Reporter newspaper www.coastreporter.net
Important Info—The Fine Print
- All information is subject to change without notice.
- Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is not reserved.
- A minimum number of participants is required to operate each event. The Festival reserves the right to cancel an event at any time, in which case, your money would be refunded.
- In the event of cancellation, the Festival shall have no liability beyond the refund of monies paid to the Festival by the purchaser, which shall constitute a full settlement.
- REFUNDS There are no refunds unless an event is cancelled. A $5 fee is charged for ticket exchanges.
- LOST OR STOLEN TICKETS Lost or stolen tickets are the responsibility of the purchaser and cannot be replaced. Tickets purchased by phone can be held in the office and picked up upon arrival at the festival.
- The Festival acts only as an agent for services offered.